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  • Shakespeare Uncovered

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    Behind every Shakespeare play is a story. Shakespeare Uncovered portrays the Bard as an impresario who, four centuries ago, defined show business in his day-drawing on historical sources, stealing and adapting ideas, bringing back popular characters, writing prequels, and developing dramatic ideas from the politics of the day. In each episode, a major Shakespearean actor or director explores and reveals the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact they have today.moreless
  • Romeo & Juliet With Joseph Fiennes

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 2/13/15

    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.moreless
  • Othello With David Harewood

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 2/6/15

    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.moreless
  • The Taming of the Shrew With Morgan Freeman

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 2/6/15

    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.moreless
  • King Lear With Christopher Plummer

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 1/30/15

    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.moreless
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 1/30/15

    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.moreless
  • The Tempest with Trevor Nunn

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 2/8/13

    Travel with director Trevor Nunn through the magical, mysterious world of the Bard's last complete play.
  • Hamlet with David Tennant

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 2/8/13

    Meet with David Tennant and fellow Hamlets who compare notes on the challenge of playing the iconic role.
  • Henry IV & Henry V with Jeremy Irons

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 2/1/13

    Join Jeremy Irons as he uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare's "history plays."
  • Richard II with Derek Jacobi

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 2/1/13

    In returning to the role of a deposed monarch whose crown is taken from him, Derek Jacobi takes a 360-degree view of this great political thriller whose title character he played more than 30 years ago.moreless
  • The Comedies with Joely Richardson

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 1/25/13

    Joely Richardson investigates (with her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies and the great comic and romantic heroines created by Shakespeare in two perennially popular plays.
  • Macbeth with Ethan Hawke

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 1/25/13

    Ethan Hawke invites viewers to join him in his quest to play Shakespeare's murderous Thane of Cawdor by uncovering the true story that served as inspiration, immersing himself in some of the most memorable and innovative productions and discovering Shakespeare's extraordinary insights into the criminal mind.moreless
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