Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shakespeare and Benedict Cumberbatch: Dated Death

Dated Death is my term for "the annotated" Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch has appeared in two issues of Shakespeare magazine, an online webzine:

But, the main purpose of the Shakespeare and Benedict Cumberbatch entries is to list every usuage of Shakeaeare - quotes, plots, etc., in Cumberbatcch's ouvre.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Cabin Pressure: "Limerick" episode

Martin (Benedict Cumberbatc) and Douglas (Roger Allam) are flying from Hong Kong to Limerick with a certain small but very precious cargo. It's a long way from Hong Kong to Limerick (slightly longer than to Tipperary) and Douglas gets on the intercom and announces to the (empty) cabin that he's bored, and that they'll be flying "until the last syllable of recorded time."

That is a line from Macbeth's "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" soliloquy in the play, Macbeth. He has just learned of his wife's death.

— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

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