Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 5

July 31, 2015 at 11:20 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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Today, we want to wish Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! They have inspired many of us in the SIA office to love reading and magic, and we look forward to celebrating today with fans everywhere! Now let’s have some cake!

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While you are celebrating today, take a look at the final installment of our Shakespeare at the Movies- Harry Potter edition! This one will focus on the new characters introduced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. To catch up on the rest of the Harry Potter movies, read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!

 

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Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1985)
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1986)
  • Macbeth (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal National Theatre, 2000)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 2000)

 

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Guy Henry (Pius Thicknesse)

Appeared in:

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Thurio
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Osric
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as Longaville
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Dr Caius
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Lord Chamberlain
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Sir Andrew Augecheek
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Cloten
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Octavius Caesar
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as King John
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Malvolio
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003) as Parolles

 

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Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow)

Appeared in:

  • ShakespeaRe-Told- Macbeth (TV mini-series, 2005) as Barry

 

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David Ryall (Elphias Doge)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Sexton
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1972)
  • Twelfth Night (Playhouse Theatre, 1991)
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre, 1995)
  • Happy Birthday Shakespeare (TV movie, 2000) as Dad
  • King Lear (Almeida Theatre, 2002)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 2002)

 

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Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood)

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, 1992)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Shakespeare Shorts- Macbeth (TV Series, 1996) as Macbeth
  • Midsummer Dream (2005) as Lysander
  • Hamlet (Mold’s Theatre Clwyd)

 

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Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Ophelia
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Rosalind
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992)
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2004) as Isabella

 

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Kate Fleetwood (Mary Cattermole)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (Oxford Stage Company, 1996) as Viola
  • Romeo and Juliet (Greenwich Theatre, 1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Vic Theatre, 2003) as Helena
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre, 2003) as Rosaline
  • Othello (Theatre Royal, 2003) as Desdemona
  • Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2006) as Thaisa
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2006) as Hermione
  • Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Lady Macbeth
  • Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Olivia

 

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Rade Serbedzija (Gregorovitch)

Appeared in:

  • Predstava ‘Hamleta’ u Mrdusi Donjoj (1974) as Joco/ Hamlet

 

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Jamie Campbell Bower (Gellert Grindelwald)

Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Young Earl of Oxford

 

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Michael Byrne (Gellert Grindelwald)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Claudio
  • The Merchant of Venice (Northcott Theatre, 1967)
  • Julius Caesar (Riverside Studios Theatre, 1980)
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (TV movie, 1983) as Antonio
  • Richard III (TV movie, 1983) as Duke of Buckingham
  • The First Part of King Henry VI (TV movie, 1983) as Duke of Alencon
  • The Second Part of King Henry VI (TV movie, 1983) as John Hume/ Lieutenant
  • The Third Part of King Henry VI (TV movie, 1983) as Marquess of Montague

 

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Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore)

Appeared in:

  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Achilles
  • Two Shakespearean Actors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Dion Boucicault
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Richard III
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • King Lear (Royal National Theatre, 1997)
  • Othello (Royal National Theatre, 1997)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2015) as Claudius

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 4

July 30, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 1 Comment
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There is only one day left until the world celebrates Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s Birthday! We have gone through the Shakespeare- related works of the cast of the first 4 Harry Potter movies, and today we will will focus on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

 

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Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks)

Appeared in:

  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2009) as Desdemona

 

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George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebot)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)

 

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Timothy Bateson (Kreacher)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Macbeth (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1949) as Servant
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1949) as Dwarf
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1949) as Bishop of Lincoln
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1950) as Soothsayer
  • Antony and Cleopatra (St. James Theatre, 1951)
  • King John (Old Vic Theatre, 1953) as Robert Faulconbridge
  • BBC Sunday Night Theatre- Troilus and Cressida (TV series, 1954) as Calchas / Alexander
  • Richard III (1955) as Ostler
  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Sir Oliver Martext
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Series- The WInter’s Tale (TV mini-series, 1994) as Antigonus

 

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Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Northcott Theatre, 1978)
  • As You Like It (Northcott Theatre, 1978)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1987) as Venus
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Margaret
  • Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996) as Maria
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as the Nurse
  • Shakespeare Re-Told- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (mini-series, 2005) as Polly

 

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Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Oxford Playhouse, 1987)
  • Hamlet (1990) as Ophelia
  • As You Like It (BBC Radio, 2000) as Rosalind

 

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Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British national Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British national Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British national Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British national Theatre, 1988)

 

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Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Riverside Studios, 1990) as a Witch
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1991)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 1992)
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Macbeth (Tricycle Theatre, 1995) as Lady Macbeth
  • Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse, 2004) as Olivia
  • As You Like It (Wyndham Theater, 2005) as Rosalind

 

Read Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 1.

Read Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 2.

Read Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 3.

 

Tomorrow will be the final instalment of our Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series, and we will also be celebrating Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 3

July 29, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 2 Comments
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Today, our celebration of Harry Potter continues with a focus on the Shakespeare-related work that the cast introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have been a part of! To read Part 1 of the series, click here. To read Part 2, click here.

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Lee Ingleby (Stan Shunpike)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery Theatre, 2001) as Puck

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Lenny Henry (Shrunken Head)

Appeared in:

  • The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre, 2012) as Antipholus of Syracuse

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Jimmy Gardner (Ernie)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (1981) as Clown
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Apothecary/ Peter
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Gardener’s Man/ Groom
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Gravedigger #1
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Old Gobbo
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982-84) as Verges
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Snug

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Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)

Appeared in:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) as Rosencrantz

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David Thewlis (Remus Lupin)

Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as William Cecil

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Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore)

Appeared in:

  • Othello (Dublin’s Gaity Theatre, 1962)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1963)
  • Othello (1965) as Senators, Soldiers, and Cypriots
  • Romeo and Juliet (BBC Play of the Month, 1967) as Gregory
  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Watchman #4
  • Macbeth (Forum Theatre, 1968) as Macbeth
  • Coriolanus (Liverpool Playhouse, 1969) as Coriolanus
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Surrey
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC Play of the Month, 1971) as Theseus
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1979) as Buckingham
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1979)
  • As You Like It (National Theatre, 1979)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1979)
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1980) as Roderigo
  • As You Like It (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre, 1981) as Benedick
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1981)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1981)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Antony
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as King Lear
  • King Lear (Barbican Theatre, 1982)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre, 1983)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1985)
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1986)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre, 1988)
  • Othello (Stephen Joseph Theatre, 1990) as Othello
  • Henry IV Part 1, Part 2 (National Theatre, 2005) as Falstaff
  • Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Rep) as Escalus
  • Othello (Birmingham Rep) as Othello

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Dawn French (The Fat Lady)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery Theatre, 2001) as Bottom

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Emma Thompson (Sybil Trelawney)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (1989) as Princess Katherine de Valois
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (International Tour, 1990) as Helena
  • King Lear (International Tour, 1990) as The Fool
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Beatrice

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Julie Christie (Madame Rosmerta)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Gertrude

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Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew)

Appeared in:

  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979) as Captain, First Lord, and Senator
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1980) as Peter Simple
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 1992)
  • Hamlet (1996) as Rosencrantz
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Beatrice

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Eric Sykes (Frank Bryce)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (Peter Hall Company, 2003)

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David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr)

Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Touchstone
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1998) as Edgar
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Antipholus of Syracuse
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Romeo
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Flute/ Lysander
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Hamlet
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Berowne
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as Richard II

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Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 2001)

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Roger Lloyd Pack (Barty Crouch)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1969) as Reynaldo
  • Will Shakespeare (TV mini-series, 1978) as Jack Heminge

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Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Alice
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Audrey
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Nicholas/ Widow
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Helena
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Player Queen
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Cleopatra

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Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini-series, 2012) as Queen Isabella

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Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “MadEye” Moody)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The WInter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1996)
  • Midsummer Dream (2005) as Titania

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Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Roger Davies)

Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Bear Baiter

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Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)

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

Check back tomorrow for our post that focuses on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 2

July 28, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 3 Comments
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In the second part of our week long celebration of all things Harry Potter, we are going to look at the Shakespeare- related work from the cast of characters introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

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Jim Norton (Mr. Mason)

Appeared in:

  • Troilus and Cressida (National Theatre, 1976)

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Veronica Clifford (Mrs. Mason)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (TV movie, 1965) as the Nurse
  • Life of Shakespeare (TV series, 1978) as Mother Parker
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)
  • Richard III (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)

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Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley)

Appeared in:

  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Wabash

Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Laertes
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as King
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as King Henry V
  • Twelfth Night (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1987) Director
  • Hamlet (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • As You Like It (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Touchstone
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988)
  • Hamlet (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • As You Like It (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988)
  • Henry V (1989) as King Henry V*
  • King Lear (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1990) as Edgar*
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1990) as Quince*
  • Coriolanus (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1992) as Coriolanus
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Benedick*
  • Othello (1995) as Iago
  • Hamlet (1996) as Hamlet*
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) as Berowne*
  • Richard III (Crucible Theatre, 2003) as Richard III
  • As You Like It (2006) Director
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 2013) as Macbeth

*Branagh also directed!

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Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1996) the Nurse
  • As You Like It (1992) as Audrey

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Gemma Jones (Poppy Pomfrey)

Appeared in:

  • The Merchant of Venice (Nottingham Playhouse, 1964) as Portia
  • Richard II (Nottingham Playhouse, 1965)
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 1968) as Julia
  • Hamlet (Birmingham Rep, 1969) as Ophelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Hippolyta/ Titania
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1974)
  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, 1974)
  • The Merchant of Venice (TV movie, 1980) as Portia
  • Macbeth (Cantridge Theatre Company, 1980)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Hermione
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Doll/ Lady Mortimer
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Maria
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Katherine
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Portia
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984)
  • King Lear (Old Vic Theatre. 1989) as Goneril
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Paulina
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Mistress Ford
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Chichester Festival Theatre)

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Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1988) as Miranda
  • The WInter’s Tale (1988) as Perdita
  • Romeo and Juliet (Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, 1993) as Juliet
  • ShakespeREtold- The Taming of the Shrew (Mini series, 2005) as Kate

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Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse, 2002) as Romeo

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Robery Hardy (Cornelius Fudge)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Othello (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Julius Caesar (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1950)
  • Henry VIII (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1950)
  • Richard II (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1951)
  • The Tempest (Old Vic Theatre, 1953)
  • Henry IV Part 1, Part 2 (Old Vic Theatre, 1954)
  • Othello (TV movie, 1955) as Cassio
  • Twelfth Night (TV movie, 1957) as Orsino
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1959) as Oberon
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • All’s Well that Ends Well (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • The Spread of the Eagle- Coriolanus (TV mini series, 1963) as Coriolanus
  • An Age of Kings- Henry V (TV series, 1960) as Henry V
  • An Age of Kings- Henry IV (TV series, 1960) as Henry, Prince of Wales
  • Twelfth Night (TV movie, 1980) as Sir Toby Belch

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Julian Glover (Aragog)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Theatre Royal, 1957)
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Gaoler
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Gaoler
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Barnardo
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Conrade
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Duke of Albany
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Montano
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Snug
  • An Age of Kings- Richard III Part 1 (TV series, 1960) as King Edward IV
  • An Age of Kings- Richard III Part 2 (TV series, 1960) as Earl of Oxford
  • An Age of Kings- Henry VI (TV series, 1960) as Edward
  • An Age of Kings- Henry V (TV series, 1960) as Earl of Westmoreland
  • An Age of Kings- Richard II (TV series, 1960) as Groom, Lord Marshal
  • Antony and Cleopatra (1972) as Proculeius
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1976)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Tullus Aufidius
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Henry V (TV movie, 1979) as The French Constable
  • Henry VIII (TV movie, 1979) as the Duke of Buckingham
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Company, 1979)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Escalus
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as Henry IV
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as Henry IV
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Caius Cassius
  • Hamlet (Norwich Playhouse, 1996) as the Ghost
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Friar Lawrence
  • Macbeth (Albery Theatre, 2002) as Duncan, Porter
  • Richard II (Old Vic Theatre, 2005) as John of Gaunt

The celebration continues tomorrow, with a focus on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 1

July 27, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 4 Comments
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July 31 is a very special day for the Shakespeare in Action team. Around the world, wizards and muggles alike come together to celebrate the birth of one of fiction’s greatest modern heroes, Harry Potter (And his creator, JK Rowling!) With so many of the cast members being seasoned Shakespearean actors, we are going to spend all week celebrating Harry’s birthday with a special 5-part edition of Shakespeare at the Movies! Part 1 will focus on actors who made their debut in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

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Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1946)
  • Macbeth (Theatre Royal, 1957) as Ross
  • Julius Caesar: A Work in Progress (University of Scranton, 1988) as Julius Caesar
  • My Kingdom (2001) as Sandeman

*Richard Harris was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from the early 1960’s until the mid 1990’s!

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Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall)

Appeared in:

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

*Maggie Smith won the Stratford Shakespeare Festivals Legacy Award in 2012, appearing in many roles from 1976- 1980, including Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Cleopatra, and Lady Macbeth.

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Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (1989) as Sir John Falstaff

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Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Twelfth Night (1992) as Viola
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Richard II (TV movie, 1997) as Richard II
  • Othello (Royal National Theatre, 1998)
  • Measure for Measure (Royal National Theatre, 2002)
  • Midsummer Dream (2005) The Witches
  • Julius Caesar (London’s Barbican Centre, 2005) as Calpurnia

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Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Chichester Festival Theater, 2014) as The Fool

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Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as the English doctor, and murderer
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977)
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977)
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978)
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National theatre, 2002)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal National theatre, 2002)
  • Hamlet (Royal National theatre, 2002)
  • Hamlet (Royal National theatre, 2002)
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry V (TV mini-series, 2012) as the Duke of Burgundy

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Derek Deadman (Tom the Bartender)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (TV movie, 1980) as Nicholas
  • Timon of Athens (TV movie, 1981) as Second Bandit

John Hurt (Ollivander)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Caedmon Audio presentation, 1965) as Ferdinand
  • Romeo and Juliet (Coventry, 1973) as Romeo
  • King Lear (TV movie, 1983) as The Fool
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as La Dame aux Chats and Mercutio
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry V (TV mini-series, 2012) as The Chorus
  • King Lear: scene 133 (Short, 2013) as King Lear

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Richard Bremmer (Voldemort)

Appeared in:

  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Cardinal Pandulph
  • Richard II (TV movie, 1997) as Henry Bolingbroke
  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (mini-series, 2012) as Abbot of Westminster
  • King Lear (Royal National Theatre)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre)
  • Henry VI (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe) as Cassius

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Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (TV movie, 1994) as Juliet

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Julie Walters (Molly Weasley)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1980)
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal National Theatre, 2000)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 2000)
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Miss Montague
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry IV Part 1 (mini-series, 2012) as Mistress Quickly
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry IV Part 2 (mini-series, 2012) as Mistress Quickly
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry V (mini-series, 2012) as Mistress Quickly

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Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas)

Appeared in:

  • Timon of Athens (National Theatre, 2012) as Philotus
  • Coriolanus (National Theatre, 2013) as Titus

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Leslie Phillips (The Sorting Hat)

Appeared in:

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Sir John Falstaff

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John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (TV movie, 1980) as Petruchio

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Terence Bayler (The Bloody Baron)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (TV series, 1961) as Player King
  • Macbeth (1971) as Macduff

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David Bradley (Argus Filch)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1974)
  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • King Lear (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse, 2002)
  • The Hollow Crown (mini- series, 2012) as The Gardener

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Alan Rickman (Severus Snape)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (TV movie, 1978) as Tybalt
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Ferdinand
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Boyet
  • The WInter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Father Garnet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979) as Alexas
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985) as Achilles
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985) as Jaques
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal National Theatre, 1998)
  • Reading of Sonnet #12 (2009)

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Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 1975) as Kate
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Bianca
  • Richard III (TV movie, 1983) as Lady Anne
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Viola
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Adriana
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988) as Catherine Wintour
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Emilia
  • Shakespeare- The Animated Tales (1992) as Lady Macbeth
  • Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre, 2007) as Beatrice

Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1993) as Son of Macduff
  • Macbeth (Scottish Youth Theatre)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Scottish Youth Theatre)
  • Hamlet (Scottish Youth Theatre)

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Adrian Rawlins (James Potter) Appeared in:

  • Tales of the Fourth Dimension- William Shakespeare (Short, 2009)

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Elizabeth Spriggs (The Fat Lady)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Gertrude
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965)
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Widow
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1971)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1976)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Julius Caesar (TV movie, 1979) as Calpurnia
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV movie, 1982) as Mistress Quickly

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Ray Fearon (Firenze)

Appeared in:

  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992)
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as the Prince of Morocco
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Paris
  • Hamlet (1996) as Francisco
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Othello
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Crucible Theatre, 2003) as Oberon
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2012) as Mark Antony
  • Macbeth (Manchester International Festival, 2013) as Macduff

Check back tomorrow for part 2, where we will focus on the characters from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Inside Out

June 19, 2015 at 11:37 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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It’s that time again for another Shakespeare at the Movies segment! With such a huge variety of movies released during the summer season, I decided to focus on one that I am personally very excited to see. Inside Out is the latest offering from Pixar, and is being released today. Here are some Shakespeare (and Shakespeare-inspired) projects that the cast has worked on over the years!

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Amy Poehler (Joy)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein

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Diane Lane (Mom)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (American Repertory Theatre, 1989) as Olivia

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Kyle MacLachlan (Dad)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Claudius 

attends the Los Angeles Premiere and Party for Disney•Pixar’s INSIDE OUT at El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Dave Goelz and Frank Oz  (Subconscious Guard Frank and Subconscious Guard Dave)

Dave and Frank have been performers of various characters from Sesame Street and The Muppets for many years, and have appeared in many Shakespeare related sketches. Here are a couple of examples!

Gonzo recites Shakespeare while hanging by his nose:

Monsterpiece Theatre- The Taming of the Shoe:

Have I missed someone? Which of these performances is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Jurassic World

June 11, 2015 at 11:46 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The moment film fans from around the world have been patiently waiting for for many years has finally arrived… The latest film in the Jurassic Park series is being released this week! In what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, Jurassic World picks up many years after the original (and may or may not ignore the events of the 2nd and 3rd in the series, to many fans’ delight.) The (almost) entirely new cast have a wide range of experience in different genres of film, with a few Shakespearean film and stage roles on their resumes!

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Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Rosalind
  • As You Like It (The Public Theater, 2003) as Rosalind

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Arrfan Khan (Masrani)

Appeared in:

  • Haider (2014) as Roohdaar
  • Maqbool (2003) as Maqbool

*To read more about recent popular Shakespeare adaptations in Bollywood, check out one of our past blog posts!

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BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Roundabout Theatre Company, 1989) as Ariel

Did I miss someone? Do you think Shakespeare would enjoy the Jurassic Park series? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Spy

June 4, 2015 at 11:26 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The latest film from Paul Feig, Spy, is a comedy that is certainly going to help us kick off the sumer with a good laugh! This hilarious cast has appeared in several stage and screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, and not just the comedies! Let’s see who has been involved with The Bard before:

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Jude Law (Bradley Fine)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre, 2013) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (Wyndham’s Theatre, 2009) as Hamlet
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)

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Raad Rawi (Tihomir Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Playhouse Theatre, 1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company tour, 1988) as Theseus/Oberon

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Rose Byrne (Rayna Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

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

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Jason Statham (Rick Ford)

Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Tybalt

Did I miss someone? Leave a comment and let me know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Avengers: Age of Ultron

April 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is being released in North America this week, and certainly needs no introduction. One of the biggest film franchises of the modern day, the Age of Ultron cast brings loads of experience performing Shakespeare’s works on screen and in the theatre. Let’s find out who has played what roles!

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/ Iron Man)

Robert Downey Jr

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1995) as Lord Rivers

Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Classic Stage Company, 2013) as Juliet

Paul Bettany (Jarvis/ Vision)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Paris
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Decius Brutus/Strato
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Richmond

Idris Elba (Heimdall)

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Appeared in:

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

Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Prince of Verona
  • Den tragiska historien om Hamlet – Prins av Danmark (TV Movie, 1985) as Hamlet

Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue)

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Appeared in:

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

Julie Delpy (Madame B)

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Appeared in:

  • King Lear (1987) as Virginia

Henry Goodman (Dr. List)

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Appeared in:

  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 1992)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The WInter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983)

Joss Whedon (Director)

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Directed:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Which of these roles is your favourite? Did I miss someone? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare Was a Muggle

March 17, 2015 at 11:50 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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J.K. Rowling is one of the bestselling British authors of all time. Her books are internationally beloved. However, there is another author from England who is equally renowned. That writer is none other than William Shakespeare himself. There may be few apparent connections between the magical world that Harry Potter and his friends live in and Hamlet’s Denmark, Shylock’s Venice, or any of the other characters and settings in Shakespeare’s works. Yet, there is something about the two author’s works that inspire crossovers, if not with plots then with people. The Harry Potter franchise has had some of the world’s best Shakespearian actors and actresses take on the roles of muggles and wizards alike.

Here is a list of some Shakespearian Actors and their connections to Harry Potter:

Kenneth Branagh – Professor Gilderoy Lockhart

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Professor Lockhart may not be the most memorable character from the Harry Potter franchise, but when portrayed by Shakespearian heavyweight Kenneth Branagh on screen, it is difficult not to pay attention. Away from Harry Potter, Branagh is known for his abilities to bring the Bard to the big screen. His film adaptations include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has also appeared onscreen as Iago in Oliver Parker’s Othello. Aside from his films, Branagh has been connected to countless stage productions.

Emma Thompson – Professor Sybill Trelawney

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The former wife of Branagh, Thomson has acted in Shakespeare adaptations on and off the screen. She appeared alongside Branagh in Henry V before taking on a lead role in his Much Ado About Nothing. She has also been involved in several stage productions of Shakespeare’s works throughout her acting career. Though her portrayal of sharp-tongued Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing may make her unrecognizable as the helter-skelter Professor Trelawney, Thompson’s acting can be enjoyed in whatever project she’s involved with.

Alan Rickman – Professor Severus Snape

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Though often difficult to love in his role as Professor Snape, Alan Rickman is capable of much more than the monotone portions master. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his formal training has involved him in many Shakespearian productions. Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra are only a few of the many projects that Rickman has participated in throughout his acting career.

Maggie Smith – Professor Minerva McGonagall

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Maggie Smith has had a long acting career spanning across the globe from the London stage to Stratford, Ontario. Her work with the Stratford Festival landed her roles as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She has also starred as Desdemona in the 1965 film adaptation of Othello. At eighty years old, Dame Maggie Smith is still acting and will probably appear on stage again.

Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort

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Another Royal Shakespeare Company alum, Fiennes has taken on roles from Hamlet to the one “who must not be named” himself, Lord Voldemort. Since the mid-eighties, he has played many of the great Shakespearian roles from lovesick Romeo, to aging Prospero. He received a Tony Award for his portrayal of Prince Hamlet on Broadway, and made his debut as a director with his adaptation of Coriolanus. Though his role as Voldemort is finished, Fiennes continues to be heavily involved in Shakespeare productions.

Fiona Shaw – Mrs. Petunia Dursley 

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It may not be easy to picture tight-lipped Mrs. Dursley as Richard II, but Fiona Shaw has successfully tackled both roles. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her most memorable appearance in a Shakespearian production was in her role as Richard the II in 1997 gender bending rendition of the play. She remains one of the top classical actresses working today.

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