Originally Posted by Stitchawl
As it happened, the local theatrical group at one of the universities in town was putting on its version of Macbeth, but done up in modern military dress. Still using the original language but set as a modern war story. I took my son to see it, and he loved it! Just giving him some reference point so that he could internalize what was going on made all the difference. But the second act he didn't even realize that the dialog was so archaic.
This. No-one should study a Shakespeare play without first seeing it actually performed. Even if only a good film version.