Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Trevor Nunn on Shakespeare and the Bible

Trevor Nunn: Shakespeare is 100 times more relevant than the Bible by Hannah Furness

Shakespeare is “one hundred times” more relevant today than the Bible, the theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn has said.

Sir Trevor, who aims to put on every Shakespeare play in his lifetime, said the Bard had “more wisdom and insight about our lives” than any religious tract.

Speaking of the influence of Shakespeare in modern life, he argued his works taught an “understanding of the human condition” not present in Holy book of any religion.

He told the Telegraph: “Shakespeare is my religion.

“Shakespeare has more wisdom and insight about our lives, about how to live and how not to live, how to forgive and how to understand our fellow creatures, than any religious tract. One hundred times more than the Bible.

“I’m sorry to say that. But over and over again in the plays there is an understanding of the human condition that doesn’t exist in religious books.”

The director, who has previously worked at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, has so far directed 30 of the 37 plays attributed to the Bard.

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