Plenty more cakes and ale – it’s Shakespeare’s forgotten food plays. As World Book Day is upon us, we have compiled a list of the best for your delectation. Have we missed out any of your favourites?
The title of this play, which bears no relation to the plot, supposedly came about after Christopher Marlowe told Shakespeare about a citrus fruit from Asia that would be ‘bigger than oranges in two years’. The fruit subsequently failed to catch on.
Desdemona's love affair with the nutritious breakfast dish is cut short when Iago forgets to leave his pan in the sink to soak and blames the dried-on porridge on her. Despite Cassio having a go at it with a Brillo pad, Brabantio imposes a state wide ban on the preparation of porridge oats.
Through a series of incredibly lengthy soliloquies, Hamlet wrestles with the true meaning behind expiration dates after his father, Old Hamlet, is unceremoniously chucked out two days before the stamp said he should be.
Honourable mentions: The Merry Wines of Windsor, Macbroth, Troilus and Micro-cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Bream, As 'Nduja Like It, The Flambéing of the Shrew.