Inside the Death Star.
Enter OFFICERS 2 and 3.
OFFICER 2 Say - TK-421, now wherefore hast
Thou left thy station? TK-421,
Canst thou my message hear? [To officer 3:] Take thou command,
Belike he hath a bad transmitter. So
Shall I attend and help him if I may.
Enter OBI-WAN KENOBI, C-3PO, R2-D2, and CHEWBACCA with HAN SOLO and LUKE dressed as stormtroopers, killing Officers 2 and 3.
CHORUS Now through the doorway comes our heroes brave,
Th´Imperi´l officers Chewbacca fights
Whilst Han with blaster doth his entry pave,
They have arriv´d: escape is in their sights.
LUKE - Fie! With all this howling nonsense and
With all thy blasting ´tis a miracle
That all within the station have not heard
Of our arrival
HAN - Surely, let them come!
A fight would I prefer to sneaking yon
R2-D2 - Beep, beep, whistle, squeak, beep,
What is this? Well, it´s "William Shakespeare´s Star Wars - Verily, A New Hope"! Written by Ian Doesher, no doubt giggling the whole time.
If you know the film by heart, as some of us do, you´ll recognize all the dialogue, even though it´s kitted out in Elisabethan dress and pushed into iambic pentameter.
There is one bit, the beginning of act 4, scene 6, where Luke says:
And so on. I smell something Danish on those pages, or wouldn´t you say?
Yet have I ta´en both uniform and life
From thee. What manner of a man wert thou?
A man of inf´nite jest or cruelty?
This isn´t really literature, I don´t think. It´s more of... a curiosity. Quirky, perhaps, that´s the name of the publisher: Quirk Books. I haven´t read it right through, really, I have it in the kitchen and read bits and pieces while I wait for the kettle to boil.
And the illustrations are priceless: the whole Star Wars cast looks like they stepped out on the stage of the Globe Theatre. Nicolas Delort is the artist´s name.
How do one come up with something like this? Deceptively simple, I think.
The publisher also has a free Educator´s Guide, that sheds some more light on how Shakespeare´s plays worked. And, there´s the entire list of references to the plays, some of which I got, like the one above, and some which have passed me by, or maybe I haven´t gotten to them yet.
I suppose this could be an excellent introduction to Shakespeare and drama in general for a young audience. For me, however, it´s more of a laugh than anything else. A very good laugh!