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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!

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

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

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

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

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 Summer Camp for Kids- Work With Professional Actors!

Kids who attend our Shakespeare Summer Camp will have the chance to work with professional actors! Our dedicated team of professionals can help campers get a leg up and learn what it’s like to be an actor! Camp runs from June 29- July 10, 2015, Monday-Friday at our headquarters in Toronto.

For more information, or to register for camp, visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page!

Have a teen that is looking to step into the spotlight this summer too? Visit our Young Company for Teens page to find out more about our Summer training Program in stage and film performance!

LAST CHANCE to see “Much Ado About Nothing” at Tarragon Theatre!

There is just over one week left to catch Tarragon Theatre’s latest production of Much Ado About Nothing!

Much Ado About Nothing, Tarragon Theatre (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Much Ado About Nothing, Tarragon Theatre (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Beatrice and Benedict take on Brampton in this Bollywood-inspired adaptation of Shakespeare’s most clever comedy. Moving from comedy to tragedy and back again with razor sharp wit, a familiar story takes on new meaning when set in our own backyard. Classical text fuses with Bollywood in this larger-than-life spectacle.

Running at Tarragon Theatre in the Mainspace until May 31, there are only a few opportunities left to catch this amazing production!

Visit www.tarragontheatre.com or call 416-531-1827 to purchase your tickets today!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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!

Songs for Shakespearience- A fundraiser from our friends at The Shakespearience Group!

Our friends at Shakespearience are having their first annual fundraiser, Songs for Shakespearience!

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The Shakespearience Group is preparing its summer season, and we’d like to expand! We are hoping to perform again at The Flounder Festival, here in Burlington, as well as at another local venue (TBA) and this time we’d like to go big (and not go home!). We’d like to introduce Youth Programming this summer at a local venue, as well as Masterclasses for 16+, and we’re planning on not only adding a few more adult thespians to our troupe, but creating an all-new entirely youth-cast to our production!

That’s right folks! We’re creating a great big Shakespeare family this summer – and we need your help! Promoting these shows, generating props and costumes, paying for rental spaces and production venues is pricey – and being the young company that we are, we need some extra help from our friends and fans!

We’d like you to join us for …

Songs for Shakespearience : A Fundraiser

Date:
Sunday March 8, 2015

Time:
2pm – Mocktails and Silent Song Auction
2:30pm – Curtain

Location:
Orchards Uptown Clubhouse
2025 Appleby Line,
Burlington, Ont.
L7L 7G8

Admission:
PWYC
Suggested Donation $15

What’s Happening?

The Shakespearience Group & Friends will be presenting a Family Friendly Showcase Recital as well as a Silent Song Auction.

What’s a Silent Song Auction you ask?

Well, it’s basically like a regular silent auction only you’ll be bidding on a performer to serenade you (or your loved one) with a song of your choosing (from our songbook) that the performer has never sung before… Which should make for some entertaining performances, and quick thinking! All in the spirit of Original Practices, where Shakespearean actors only received their cue lines and cut parts a day before the show, we’ve cut this timing down to learning a song only an hour before you perform it… Let the improvisation prevail!

The Shakespearience Group will be providing Mocktails, and other non-alcoholic beverages (including specialty coffees) for a small donation. There will be a food/snack table as well, no donation required.

The Shakespearience Group & Friends will be performing 2 full sets of show tunes, classical repertoire, and more with guest performances by:

Miranda MacDonald’s Show Choir
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and
Welsh Tenor Gwyndaff Jones

The Shakespearience Group & Friends Performers include:

Kelly Baker
Skyla Baker
Sara Black
Tristan Alexander Emmanuel
Jeff Fox
Miranda MacDonald
Marlene Matos-Jones
Lauren Shepherd

Hosted by our very own Kyle Villeneuve, Songs for Shakespearience should prove to be a wonderful afternoon for the entire family! Help Shakespearience make a big splash in Burlintgon this Summer!

RSVP to the event here!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Oscars 2015

On Sunday night, Hollywood will celebrate and present the 87th Academy Awards. The nominees this year have given some of the best performances of their careers, but today I want to focus on their accomplishments as Shakespearean actors! Find out which of the acting nominees have Shakespeare included in their bodies of work below!

michael-keaton-birdman Michael Keaton (Actor in a Leading Role, Birdman)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Dogberry

eddie-redmayne-the-theory-of-everythingEddie Redmayne (Actor in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

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

 benedict-cumberbatch-the-imitation-gameBenedict Cumberbatch (Actor in a Leading Role, The Imitation Game)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2001, Open Air Theatre) as Demetrius
  • Love’s labour’s Lost (2001, Open Air Theatre) as King of Navarre
  • Romeo and Juliet (2002, Open Air Theatre) as Benvolio
  • As You Like It (2002, Open Air Theatre) as Orlando
  • The Hollow Crown- Richard III (2016, TV mini-series) as Richard III
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry VI Park 2 (2016, TV mini-series) as Richard III

marion-cotillard-two-days-one-nightMarion Cotillard (Actress in a Leading Role, Two Days, One Night)

Appearing in:

  • Macbeth (2015) as Lady Macbeth

 eddie-redmayne-the-theory-of-everythingFelicity Jones (Actress in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Miranda

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Ethan Hawke (Actor in a Supporting Role, Boyhood)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Hamlet
  • Henry IV (2004, Lincoln Center Theater) as Hotspur
  • The Winter’s Tale (2009 Stage Production)
  • Macbeth (2013, Lincoln Center Theater) as Macbeth

meryl-streep-into-the-woodsMeryl Streep (Actress in a Supporting Role, Into the Woods)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1978, Shakespeare in the Park) as Katherine
  • Romeo and Juliet (2012, Shakespeare in the Park Staged Reading) as Juliet

neil-patrick-harris-romeo*BONUS- Neil Patrick Harris (The host this year!)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1998, Old Globe Theatre) as Romeo

Did I miss someone? Which of these roles is your favorite? Who do you think will walk away a winner on Sunday? Leave a comment and let us know!