Hugh Bonneville: Game of Thrones like Shakespeare play

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Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville thinks 'Game of Thrones' is like a modern-day Shakespeare play because of the "lust and violence".

Hugh Bonneville has likened 'Game of Thrones' to a modern-day Shakespearean play.

The 'Downton Abbey' actor has compared the works of famed playwright William Shakespeare to the popular HBO show, 'Game of Thrones', which is based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, claiming they have the same levels of "lust" and "violence".

He said: "Shakespeare gives us just as much politicking, intrigue, lust and violence as you'll find in any episode of 'Game of Thrones'.

The 50-year-old star also slammed schools for making the playwright appear boring to students.

He told Radio Times magazine: "The classroom can all too often be the death of [Shakespeare]. I know I'm not the only one who had to read aloud, line by line round the class, until Sir threw his chalk at someone for nodding off.

"Treating these plays like holy scripture, to be revered, can deter the newcomer for ever."

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