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‘Bard more relevant than Bible’

‘Bard more relevant than Bible’

What does this man [Shakespeare] mean to him [Trevor Nunn]? There is a queer pause. Sir Trevor stops rocking from side to side in his chair like a metronome. “Shakespeare is my religion,” he says. “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.” For this lodestone, he has many people to thank, not least the English teacher at his secondary school, Peter Hewitt, who “made it [reading Shakespeare] a living thing, through anecdote, example and jokes”, and who cast him in school plays.
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