William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher


Admittedly, I’m no Shakespeare expert (or a Star Wars expert for that matter), but I was absolutely fascinated by the clever fusion of the classical with the fantastical. As I understand it, Shakespeare’s tales did play a part in George Lucas’ development of the Star Wars saga.

Author Ian Doescher does an extraordinary job of putting A New Hope (as well as The Empire Strikes Back and
Return of the Jedi) into iambic pentameter and Shakespearean lingo:

Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not,

Yet have I ta’en both uniform and life

From thee. What manner of a man wert thou?

If you have the slightest smattering of knowledge of the Star Wars stories, you will find this story easy to follow along.

Incidentally, I would LOVE to this performed somewhere!