Actors are reciting pop songs like they’re Shakespearean verse. Why, you ask? Well, it all began with actor David Fynn who posted this recited soliloquy (which you may recognise as the lyrics to Fresh Prince of Bel Air).
It kicked off a trend – spearheaded by casting agent Amy Hubbard – with tweeters (mainly actors) nominating one another to summon their best diction, enunciation and emotional strife to deliver hit song lyrics in the style of the Bard. Suffice to say, it’s produced some rather wonderful results.
There’s Amanda Abbington reciting Pharell’s Happy (and she’s nominated partner Martin Freeman – we’ll keep an eye out for his effort).
— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) September 20, 2015
Her Sherlock co-star has drawn on his wealth of Shakespearean experience for this stirring number.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) September 20, 2015
Mark Bonnar should win an Olivier for his rendition of Psy’s Gangnam Style:
— Mark Bonnar (@mark_bonnar) September 20, 2015
Sanjeev Bhaskar ran over the time limit for his take on Beatles song I Am The Walrus. We’ll forgive him.
— Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) September 20, 2015
Aneurin Barnard used some props to recreate Gina G’s Ooh Aagh… Just a Little Bit:
— Aneurin Barnard (@aneurinBarnard) September 19, 2015
True Blood actor Stephen Moyer – aka The Bard of Woking – covered The Jam’s Down in the Tube Station at Midnight…
— Stephen Moyer (@smoyer) September 19, 2015
Shaun Dooley channelled Meat Loaf.
— Shaun Dooley (@shaundooley) September 22, 2015
Lee Ingleby’s take on Kylie Minogue’s lucky is just genius:
— Lee Ingleby (@leeingleby) September 22, 2015
Oops, former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia Did It Again…
— Nina Wadia (@Nina_Wadia) September 22, 2015
Sara Cox Just Wants to Dance With Somebody.
— sara cox (@sarajcox) September 22, 2015
Vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher joined her Les Mis castmate Emma Kingston for a recital of Baby Got Back…
— Emma Kingston (@emkingston) September 19, 2015
And last – but by no means least – here’s Max Beesley performing… Humpty Dumpty. Thank you, internet.
— max beesley (@maxbeesley7) September 20, 2015