My very first experience with Shakespeare – aside from a few stray sonnets – began recently with Act I of All’s Well That Ends Well. It didn’t go well. My first mistake was in listening to a audio dramatization of the work. That’s perfectly fine, if you’re suited to that sort of thing but I’m not. I tend to process printed words on a page better than audio and so when listening to the latter my attention strays approximately once every 4.3 words.
So thus far I’ve gathered that there’s a king and he’s not doing so well (I think) and there was a long and somewhat baffling discourse about the merits and drawbacks of virginity. That's all I've got.