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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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Great News! Extended Early Bard Savings for the 2015/16 Season!

As an extra special Halloween treat, Shakespeare in Action will be extending the Early Bard discount on bookings of our upcoming tours Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop and Suddenly Shakespeare!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop- November 23- December 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Suddenly Shakespeare- April 4-15, 2016

This Spring, Shakespeare in Action brings Kim Selody’s sparking production of Suddenly Shakespeare to your school.

This hour long performance brings four of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays –Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night – to life for children ages five to seventy-five. Featuring music, dance and physical comedy, the performance is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences.

Shakespeare in Action’s Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, describes the show as “a feast of magic, laughter, music and spectacle.” He says, “Suddenly Shakespeare will knock your kids’ socks off! Shakespeare’s stories are so magical, and the show allows kids, no matter what their age, to really participate with the material in a fun and engaging way.”

*Book either of these shows before October 31, 2015, and SAVE $50!

For more information, or to book, please call (416) 703-4881, or e-mail info@shakespeareinaction.org!

Shakespeare at the Movies- TIFF 2014

TIFF is in the air! The Toronto International Film Festival began on September 4, and will run until September 14th this year. The stars have come out to support and promote their latest film projects, and we are so excited to have them in our city! Many of the stars attending this years festival have lots of experience on stage and screen. Check out our list of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-Inspired projects that are a part of some pretty impressive bodies of work!

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Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1995) as Lord Rivers

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Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • Anonymous (2011) as Queen Elizabeth I
  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Caire
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2000) as Prospero
  • Julius Caesar (Alley Theatre, 1997) as Portia
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as Mother Capulet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Royal, 1986)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959 TV movie) as Helena
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)

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Al Pacino (Manglehorn)

Appeared in:

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

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Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Shakespeare in the Park, 1990) as Richard III
  • Julius Caesar (Belasco Theatre, 2005) as Brutus

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Kate Winslet (A Little Chaos)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Ophelia

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Morgan Freeman (Ruth & Alex)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1990) as Petruchio
  • Coriolanus (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979) as Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979)

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Christopher Plummer (The Forger, Hector + the Search for Happiness)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • The Tempest (2010) as Prospero
  • Macbeth (1988) as Macbeth
  • Othello (1982) as Iago
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • Too many Stratford Festival roles to count!

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Shakespeare Alive

Got a case of the school-day blues? Work-day blues? Well, ‘as good luck would have it’ (The Merry Wives of Windsor, III. v), we’ve got just the thing for you. An instant pick-me-up called SHAKESPEARE ALIVE…coming soon to a school theatre, gymnasium and classroom near you!

  • Tour dates: April 29th – May 10th, 2013
  • Location: elementary and secondary schools across Ontario
  • Grades 4-12
  • 2 daily performances at 10am and 2pm

Have a sneak preview:

Shakespeare In Action proudly presents SHAKESPEARE ALIVE – an affordable, interactive touring performance for Ontario school students, grades 4-12. Brought to you by three professional actors, this 75-minute presentation features sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, as well as acted scenes from the plays. Choose from 4 of the Bard’s most famous works – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet.

SHAKESPEARE ALIVE is both a theatrical experience and an educational opportunity. It brings professional theatre into schools, allowing students to develop an understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare’s works. It rekindles in them, the spark and excitement of storytelling that is at the very root of the plays. By giving them a chance to speak up and engage with the actors, students are able to break through the Elizabethan language barrier!

The tour is on LIMITED ENGAGEMENT. Register NOW to reserve your spot by visiting the website here, by emailing education@shakespeareinaction.org, OR by calling 416-703-4881

[WARNING: Watching a performance of Shakespeare Alive may include side effects of having fun, student participation, and sudden outbursts of Elizabethan speech]

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Romeo and Juliet- Fall 2010 Preview

Here are some photos from our Fall 2010 mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet!

In this busy first scene of the play, the Capulets and Montagues fight in the town square.

Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) and Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) on the famous balcony.

Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) have a mother-daughter moment.

A Capulet fighter (Norah Smith, far left) and Benvolio (Marcel Stewart, far right) look on as Tybalt (Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, left) and Mercutio (Ryan Field, right) taunt each other.

In this final scene from the play, the Nurse (Nicole Robert, far left) looks on as Capulet (Clyde Whitham), Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Montague (Richard Stewart) mourn the deaths of their children Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi). On the other side of the stage, the Friar (Peter Smith), the watchman (Marcel Stewart) and the Prince (Andy Trithardt) stand over Paris’ (Joe Bucci) dead body.

The lovely and talented cast all together with our director and fearless leader Michael Kelly!

For more of these great photos, please visit our Facebook profile, and visit our YouTube channel to see video from the performance! Photo credit goes to Joel Charlebois.

 

By: Kathleen

Don’t miss our early Bird Discounts for the 2010-2011 Mainstage Season!

Dear Teachers, Friends and Supporters,

We are pleased to announce our 2010-2011 season, jam-packed with fun, professional and affordable performances for students of all ages.

Shakespeare in Action has been committed to providing youth with the highest quality performances and educational programs for over 22 years, and we hope you will join us in the next school year!

For more information on our season, please visit our website (updated soon!) or call 416 703 4881.

What makes Shakespeare in Action different:

  • All mainstage performances are only $12 per student (when you book before our early bird discount dates)
  • We don’t charge HST or booking fees
  • We hire Union (Equity) actors, making our performances professional and unforgettable theatre experiences!
  • 22 years experience makes us the most trusted classical theatre company for young audiences company in Toronto.
  • Free talkbacks after all mainstage performances
  • Free teacher tickets, resource packs, created by teachers for teachers!
  • Expert and exceptional customer service, committed to giving your students the best theatre experience possible.

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Summer. To make sure you don’t miss out on our early-bird discounts, please contact our office at 416 703 4881 and register your interest to book today!

All the best, Mat Howard General Manager.

Ready, Set, Shakespeare!

We are proud to announce our new 2010-2011 season. Please join us in creating invigorating, challenging, joyful theatre experiences for students!

SIA is Canada’s leading Shakespeare company for young audiences, with over 22 years experience. We return with a new season of work for students of all ages, featuring three timeless classics told with our usual innovative and artistic flair! And some brand new programs to boot!

What makes us different is that we hire professional Equity actors, meaning your students will see the highest quality performances at the most affordable rates in Toronto!

Stay tuned to our website and blog for more information (website to be updated shortly!) or call us to book today. Remember, if you book before June 30, you can buy tickets to our mainstage shows for a LOW $12 per student. That price includes all taxes and we don’t charge a booking fee.

Let us know what you think of the season and we hope to see you soon!