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Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Pip Torrens (Colonel Kaplan)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Sebastian Armesto (Lieutenant Mitaka)

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Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Ben Jonson

 

 

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

 

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)

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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 at the Movies- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the next film in the Apes series. This time, an all out war has broken out between the apes and what is left of the human race after a virus nearly wipes them out. If you manage to see the movie this weekend, why not check out some of the Shakespeare related projects the cast has been a part of afterwards? I’ve already done some of the work for you!

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Gary Oldman (Dreyfus)

Appeared in:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) as Rosencrantz
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Bruford College) as Puck

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Andy Serkis (Caesar)

Appeared in:

  • Othello (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2002) as Iago
  • King Lear (Royal Court Theatre, 1993)
  • Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, 1989)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Dukes Theatre, 1986)
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Nuffield Studio, 1982)

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Toby Kebbell (Koba)

Appeared in:

  • Shakespeare Re-Told – Macbeth (2005) as Malcom

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Kodi Smit-McPhee (Alexander)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Benvolio

Am I missing someone? Leave a comment and let me know!