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Published on Oct 22, 2009
OMG this is FUN! The Beatles' now legendary live skit on BBC television in 1964, in honour of Shakespeare's 400th birthday, the Beatles performed this play-within-a-play on "Around the Beatles."
Act V, Scene I text http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/... (You've got to scroll down a third of the page, to the stage direction "Enter Pyramus and Thisbe, Wall, Moonshine, and Lion", that's where the skit starts)
Paul especially appears to be having the time of his life here. The audience's jeers are actually a part of this play's classic performance, not the audience showing disrespect for the Beatles themselves as some Americans-not familiar with this play-have assumed. This is Pyramus and Thisbe from "A Mid- Summer Night's Dream".
This "play within a play" opened Shakespeare's classic comedy as was shown on television in 1964. and though the Beatles take some liberties with it here (this normally follows MSND) it is nonetheless a pretty ACCURATE presentation of it,lol. This is all in good fun.