Shakespeare Uncovered

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
Othello with David Harewood


In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play and returns to the National to meet the most recent actor to take on the role at the theatre, Adrian Lester. Interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Sir Patrick Stewart.

 

 

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The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman


In 1990, Morgan Freeman famously starred in a “Wild West” version of The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park in New York. Freeman sets out to understand how and why the play, one of the Bard’s first works, was written. Interviews include Tracey Ullman, Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hugh Bonneville

 

Hugh Bonneville started his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London’s Regent’s Park. He revisits the theatre where his love for Shakespeare blossomed and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal. Interviews include David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.

 

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King Lear with Christopher Plummer

 

Actor Christopher Plummer originally played the role of King Lear under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play six times. Plummer explores how the work might have been staged during Shakespeare’s time, and acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.