In the Season 2 finale, Joseph Fiennes examines "Romeo and Juliet" and its many permutations, including Royal Ballet productions; "West Side Story" and other musicals; and Baz Luhrmann's cinematic re-imagining of the play. Included: remarks from Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sondheim.
A look at "Antony and Cleopatra" with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the Egyptian queen; and visits Rome in search of possible inspirations for the play.
David Harewood, who in 1997 became the first black actor to star as Othello at London's National Theatre, explores the issues raised in the play; and interviews Adrian Lester, Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.
Morgan Freeman investigates "The Taming of the Shrew." He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old West; and also talks with Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.
A look at "King Lear" with Christopher Plummer, who first played the title role in 2002 under the direction of Jonathan Miller. He explores how the play may have been staged in Shakespeare's time; and talks about playing the king with Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale.
The Season 2 premiere features Hugh Bonneville, who began 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, reflecting on the play's enduring appeal with Fiennes, David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.
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