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Shakespeare at the 2016 Golden Globes

The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be presented this Sunday, and we couldn’t be happier to see so many Shakespearean actors and actresses nominated for awards! We have compiled a list of all of the actors that have been nominated in the Film, TV, and Limited Series categories for you. Take a look below!

 

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Sydney Festival, 2009) as Richard II

*This production was part of The War of the Roses, where all of Shakespeare’s Historical plays were condensed into one 8 hour performance!

 

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1996) as Romeo

 

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (2015) as Macbeth

 

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Donmar Warehouse 2011) as Richard III
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,2002) as Viola

 

Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

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Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Lady Blueberry
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as Rosaline
  • Richard III (1995) as Duchess of York
  • The Merchant of Venice (BBC Play of the Month, 1972) as Portia
  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Beatrice
  • Othello (1965) as Desdemona
  • Twelfth Night (Oxford University Dramatics Society, 1952) as Viola

 

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) as Demetrius
  • Henry V (1989) as Robin the Luggage Boy

 

Al Pacino (Danny Collins)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1979) as Richard III
  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1986) as Mark Anton

 

Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

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Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Prospera
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1998) as Cleopatra
  • Cymbeline (TV movie, 1982) as Imogen
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Cleopatra
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1981) as Titania
  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Rosalind
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Margaret
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Queen Margaret
  • Hamlet (1976) as Ophelia and Gertrude
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Lady Macbeth
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Julia
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Lady Anne
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Ophelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969) as Hermia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Hermia
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Cressida
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Hero
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Diana

 

 

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Ophelia

 

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

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Appeared in:

  • Trolius and Cressida (American Place Theater, 2001) as Achilles

 

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

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Appeared in:
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic, 2013)
  • Anonymous (2011) as Condell
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2005) as Prospero/Stephano/Sebastian/Alonso
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2004) as Vincentio
  • Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) as Richard II
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Olivia
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Posthumus/ Cloten
  • Romeo and Juliet (British National Theatre, 2000)
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2000) as Hamlet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1999) as Cleopatra
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1998) as Bassanio
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1996) as Proteus
  • Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre, 1995) as Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Romeo
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) Lucentio, Player
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Ariel

 

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

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Appeared in:
  • Timon of Athens (Sacred Fools Theatre Company, 1998) as Flavius

 

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

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Appeared in:
  • Henry V (Shakespeare in Central Park, 2003) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (2000) as Laertes
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Banquo
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park, 1998) as Iachimo

 

Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle)

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Appeared in:

  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Victor

 

Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)

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Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini-series, 2012) as John of Gaunt
  • Great Performances- Macbeth (TV series, 2012) as Macbeth
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Bill Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company , 2011) as Shylock
  • Hamlet (TV movie, 2009) as Claudius/ Ghost
  • Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Malvolio
  • Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Macbeth
  • Othello (Shakespeare Theater, 1997) as Othello
  • The Tempest (on Broadway, 1995)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981 and 1982)
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981)
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company,1970 and 1981)
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV movie, 1980) as Claudius
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972 and 1979)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company,1971 and 1977)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (TV movie, 1974) as Enobarbus
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973)
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972)
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company,1967 and 1968)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • Trolius and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Player 1
  • The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic Theatre, 1965)

 

Oscar Isaac (Show Me A Hero)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater, 2007) as Romeo
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delacorte Theater, 2005) as Proteus

 

David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

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Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Orlando De Boys
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Ghost of Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 3 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Menacrates and Decretas

 

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

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Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Sebastian
  • Titus (1999) as Saturninus
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Courtier, Silvius
  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1985) as Malcom

 

Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

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Appeared in:
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Lord Capulet
  • ShakespeaRE-Told- Much Ado About Nothing (TV mini-series, 2005) as Benedick
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Posthumus Leonatus
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Don John

 

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Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Well friends, the time that I am sure many of us have been waiting for is finally here! Like our last couple of posts about the original and prequel trilogies, we are going to take a look at what Shakespeare-related work the cast has done!

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) as Mia’s Mom

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)

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Appeared in:

  • The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama Production)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Yale School of Drama Production)

 

 

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

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Appeared in:

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delacorte Theater, 2005) as Proteus
  • Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater, 2007) as Romeo

 

 

Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Nuffield Studio, Southampton, 1982) as Poins
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Lysander
  • The WInter’s Tale (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Florizel
  • Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, 1988) as Porter/Sargeant
  • King Lear (Royal Court Theatre, 1993) as The Fool
  • Othello (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2002) as Iago

 

 

Pip Torrens (Colonel Kaplan)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry IV, Part 2 (TV mini-series, 2012) as Mowbray

 

 

Sebastian Armesto (Lieutenant Mitaka)

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Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Ben Jonson

 

 

Shakespeare in Action will be closed for the holidays, but we will be back in 2016! Which movie or series would you like to see covered in out next instalment of “Shakespeare at the Movies?” Let us know!

 

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Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: Episodes I-III

Yesterday, we wrote about the Shakespeare roles that the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy have appeared in on and off stage. Today, we will focus on the prequels!

Liam Neeson (Qui- Gon Jinn)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Lyric Players Theatre, 1976) as Percy
  • The Winter’s Tale (Dublin’s Abbery Theatre, 1979)

 

 

Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Donmar Warehouse, 2007) as Iago

 

 

Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Dramatic Theatre Company, 1987) as Ophelia

 

 

Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as Sheriff/ Sir Michael
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as Morton/ Wart
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as French Bishop/ Montjoy
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke of Somerset
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke of Somerset
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke Senior
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Junius Brutus
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Boyet
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Nestor
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Senator
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Bishop Gardiner
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Marullus/ Titinus
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Provost
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1987) as Narrator
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Richard III (British National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard II (Gainsborough Studios Theatre, 2000)
  • Coriolanus (Gainsborough Studios Theatre, 2000)
  • King Lear (Almeida Theatre, 2002)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Holofernes
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Polonius
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre, 2009) as King of France
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as Duke of York
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2014) as Justice Shallow

     

     

     

 

Hugh Quarshie (Captain Panaka)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1981) as Philostrate
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Cleomenes
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Aaron
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Outlaw
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Hotspur/ Vernon
  • Titus Andronicus (TV movie, 1985) as Aaron
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) as Tybalt
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Julius Caesar (TV mini-series, 1994) as Cassius
  •  Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Mark Antony
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) as Othello

 

 

Brian Blessed (Boss Nass)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Lord Hastings
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Claudius
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Duke of Exeter 
  • Henry V (1989) as Duke Thomas Beaufort of Exeter
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Antonio
  • Macbeth (1997) as Edward the Confessor
  • King Lear (1999) as King Lear
  • As You Like It (2006) as Duke Senior/ Duke Frederick

 

 

Christopher Lee (Count Dooku)

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Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Artemidorus

 

 

Jimmy Smits (Senator Bail Organa)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1984) as Othello
  • Twelfth Night (Delacorte Theater, 2002) as Orsino

 

 

Rose Byrne (Dorme)

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Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

*This movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

 

 

Ayesha Dharker (Queen Jamillia)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) as Emelia

 

 

What parallels do you notice in Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays? Share some examples with us!

Tomorrow, we will focus on the cast of the brand new movie, The Force Awakens!

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Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars Episodes IV to VI

The Star Wars series is back to delight and inspire a new generation of fans with The Force Awakens, opening on Friday! Star Wars is embedded in our popular culture, and has even been turned into a book series of Shakespearean retellings! There are many parallels between the stores in Star Wars and Shakespeare’s plays, so it is no wonder that so many seasoned Shakespearean actors have been involved with the series over the years!

The first instalment of the Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars series will focus on the original trilogy, from Episode IV- A New Hope, through Episode VI- Return of the Jedi. Check back tomorrow for the prequels!

 

 

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) as Mia’s Mom

 

 

Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (USA Summer Stock, 1941) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (1948) as Osric
  • Richard III (Old Vic Tour, 1948) as Duke of Clarence and Cardinal Bouchier
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Laurence Olivier’s Festival Season London West End, 1951) as Alexas/Diomedes

 

 

Alec Guinness (Obi Wan Kenobi)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (New Theatre, 1934) as Osric
  • As You Like It (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Le Beau/ William
  • Romeo and Juliet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Sampson/ Apothecary
  • Macbeth (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Macbeth
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Reynaldo, Player Queen and Osric
  • As You Like It (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Boyet
  • Twelfth Night (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936)
  • Richard III (John Gielgud Company, 1937) as Aumerle/ The Groom
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1937) as Reynaldo/ Osric
  • Henry V (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1937) as Exeter
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1938) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (Scottish Theatre Festival, 1939) as Romeo
  • The Tempest (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1940) as Ferdinand
  • King Lear (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1946) as Fool
  • Richard III (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1947) as Richard III
  • Coriolanus (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1948) as Menenius Agrippa
  • Twelfth Night (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1948) as Director
  • Hamlet (New Theatre, 1951) as Hamlet
  • Hamlet (New Theatre, 1951) as Director
  • Richard III (Stratford Festival, 1953)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Stratford Festival, 1953) as King
  • The Merchant of Venice (Chichester Festival, 1984)

 

 

David Prowse (Darth Vader)

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Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Charles

 

 

James Earl Jones (Darth Vader’s voice)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Ramsdell Theatre, 1955) as Othello
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stage Production, 1961) as Oberon
  • The Merchant of Venice (Delacorte Theatre, 1963) as Prince of Morocco
  • The Winter’s Tale (Delacorte Theatre, 1963) as Camillo
  • Othello (Martinique Theatre, 1963) as Othello
  • Coriolanus (Delacorte Theatre, 1965) as Junius Brutus
  • Troilus and Cressida (Delacorte Theatre, 1965) as Ajax
  • Hamlet (Delacorte Theatre, 1972) as Claudius
  • King Lear (Delacorte Theatre, 1973) as King Lear
  • Othello (Winter Garden Theatre, 1982) as Othello
  • Much Ado About Nothing (London’s West End, 2013) as Benedick

 

 

Garrick Hagon (Biggs)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Derby Playhouse, 1977)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)

 

 

Jack Klaff (John D.)

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Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (Riverside Studios Theatre, 1980)

 

 

Clive Revill (The Emperor)

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Appeared in:

  • The Comedy of Errors (Old Vic School Theatre, 1951)
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Barnardine
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Prince of Arragon
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Costard
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Player 1
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Lymoges
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Trinculo
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Artemidorus
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Cloten
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Octavius Caesar

 

 

Julian Glover (General Veers)

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Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Varro
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Gaoler
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Sacristan
  • Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Fisherman 1
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Gregory
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Conrade
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Bernardo
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Montano
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Duke of Albany
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Snug
  • Antony and Cleopatra (1972) as Proculeius
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Tullus Aufidius
  • Henry VI, Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Earl of Warwick
  • Henry VI, Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Earl of Warwick
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Henry IV
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Henry IV
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Escalus
  • Friar Lawrence (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Friar Lawrence
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Caius Cassius
  • Macbeth (Albery Theatre, 2002) as Duncan/ Porter

 

 

 

Sebastian Shaw (Anakin Skywalker)

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Appeared in:

  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Bassanio
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Fenton
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Demetrius
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Romeo
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Prince Henry
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Lucillius/ Metellus Cimber
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Ferdinand
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Sir Henry Green
  • Julius Caesar (TV movie, 1938) as Marcus Brutus
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Duncan
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Friar Laurence
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as King of France
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Quince
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (TV movie, 1968) as King of France
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Earl of Gloucester
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Ulysses
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Leonato
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969) as Quince
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Polonius
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Sir Eglamour
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Vincentino
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973) as Boyet
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973) as Duke of York
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Cymbeline
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Bishop Ely/ Charles VI
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Clown
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Tubal

 

 

Michael Pennington (Moff Jorjerrod)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Fortinbras
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Titus
  • Hamlet (1969) as Laertes
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Ferdinand
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Angelo
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Edgar
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Mercutio
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Hector
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Time
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Berowne
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Duke of Vienna
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Dumaine
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1980) as Hamlet
  • Cymbeline (TV movie, 1982) as Posthumus
  • The Wars of the Roses- Richard II (TV series, 1990) as Richard II
  • The Wars of the Roses- Henry IV Part 1 (TV series, 1990) as Prince Henry of Wales
  • The Wars of the Roses- Richard III (TV series, 1990) as Duke of Buckingham
  • The Wars of the Roses- Henry VI (TV series, 1990) as Jack Cade/ Earl of Suffolk
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Timon of Athens
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2004) as Narrator
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as John of Gaunt

 

 

Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor)

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Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Elbow
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Trinculo
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Don John
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Porter/ Ross
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Shylock

 

 

Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett)

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Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (TV movie, 1979) as Duke Vincentino
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979) as Benedick

 

 

What parallels do you notice in Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays? Share some examples with us!

 

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Shakespeare at the Movies- Spectre

Spectre is the 24th film in the James Bond series, and is being released this Friday. The film series has been around for 53 years, and many could argue that it is one of the most popular British cultural exports (Along with Shakespeare, of course!) Let’s take a look at the Spectre cast, and see how many have Shakespeare on their resumes!

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Daniel Craig (James Bond)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)
  • Othello (New York Theatre Workshop, 2016) as Iago

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Ralph Fiennes (M)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Claudio
  • Henry VI (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Henry VI
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Henry VI
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Lewis the Dauphin
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Berowne
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Edmond
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Troilus
  • Hamlet (Almeida Theatre, 1995) as Hamlet
  • Richard II (Almeida Theatre, 2000) as Richard II
  • Coriolanus (Almeida Theatre, 2000) as Coriolanus
  • Measure for Measure (British National Theatre, 2002)
  • Julius Caesar (International Tour, 2005) as Marc Anthony
  • Coriolanus (2011) as Coriolanus

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Ben Whishaw (Q)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini series, 2012) as King Richard
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre, 2004) as Hamlet

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Andrew Scott (C)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Henry VI Part 2 (TV mini series, 2016) as King Louis XI of France

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Rory Kinnear (Tanner)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Theatre Royal, 2002) as Caliban
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003) as Caius Lucius
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003) as Tranio
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre, 2004) as Laertes
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2010) as Hamlet
  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini series, 2012) as Bolingbroke
  • Othello (National Theatre, 2013) as Iago
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CONTEST- Win Tickets to a Toronto Screening of Romeo and Juliet!

Time for another contest! We are giving away 3 sets of passes to a Toronto screening of The Royal Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, October 31, 2015, courtesy of our friends at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! Check below for details on how to enter!

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The Royal Ballet: ROMEO AND JULIET

Event details: Kenneth MacMillan’s poignant setting of Sergey Prokofiev’s classic score draws out the emotional and psychological intensity of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers.Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: the lovers’ first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Performed live at the Royal Opera House. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 313:00 PM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7Jq

HOW TO ENTER

To win, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org, and include your name, contact information, and your favourite quote from the play!

Contest is open to all residents of Ontario, and will close at 11:59PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by phone or e-mail.

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CONTEST- Win tickets to a Toronto screening of Antony and Cleopatra!

Great news, Shakespeare fans! Our friends from Bloor Hot Docs Cinema have given us 3 sets of passes to give away for their upcoming screening of the Shakespeare’s Globe production of Antony and Cleopatra! The screening will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 11:30AM in Toronto. See details on how to enter below!

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Shakespeare on Screen: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

 Event details: Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence. Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 24 – 11:30 AM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7d1

HOW TO ENTER

To win, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org, and include your name, contact information, and your favourite quote from the play!

Contest is open to all residents of Ontario, and will close at 11:59PM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by phone or e-mail.