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Best. Headline. Ever.

This theatre review’s headline takes the prize as one of the best I have ever seen. It involves Shakespeare.

Talking of the Bard, there is a lot about him at the moment on the BBC and elsewhere. London’s Globe Theatre is running all of his plays.

11 comments to Best. Headline. Ever.

  • Hmm

    Wow! Thanks for linking that Johnathan – following the ‘outstanding’ headline, the review itself is so damning (and so damn funny) that it almost makes it intriguing enough to want to go and see the ‘clusterfuck’ in action.

    I would love to be a fly on the wall when the members of the company read that.

    It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Shakespeare done in the style of “The Producers”!

  • Rich Rostrom

    Not bad, aside from the gross offense against ordinary civility of the language.

    However, it is still far from the “best ever”: that honor remains with the New York Post of Friday, April 15, 1983.

  • bradley13

    Sounds all too typical. Somebody cannot bear the idea of producing just another Shakespeare performance. Where’s the fame in that?

    So he or she “improves” it beyond recognition. It’s “art”, what they did, and anyone who doesn’t understand is clearly an unworthy member of the hoi polloi.

  • James Strong

    Rich Rostrom:
    Could you tell us what that New York Post headline was?

  • Philip Scott Thomas

    James –

    It was “Headless body in topless bar”.

    Walter Kerr’s review of the Broadway production of “I Am Camera” was both witty and succinct: “Me no Leica”.

  • As a Brit I have always been led to believe that the best headline ever was: “Fog in Channel – Continent isolated!”

  • Ernie G

    Then there’s the apocryphal New York Times headline:


  • David Bouvier

    The New Republic’s review of a certain Richard Curtis movie: “Crap, actually”

  • manuel II paleologos

    Then there was the review of Caledonian Thistle’s defeat of Celtic FC:

    “Super Cally go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious”.

    My favourite though was a delightful misunderstanding in the NY Times:

    “Harkness to go to Sheffield, Wednesday”

  • MajikMonkee

    Here in South Africa there’s a news paper called the daily Sun that mainly reports on allegations of witchcraft. One headline was “Zombies suck my breasts”. I think I’m gonna frame it, much to the annoyance of the misus who takes these things fairly seriously!

  • Steven Rockwell

    The most famous headline in history?

    Variety, July 17, 1935