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

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
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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 at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 1

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!

The Science of Shakespeare

There are so many ways to examine Shakespeare’s works and how they relate to the time at which he was writing. In Dan Falk’s new book, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe, Shakespeare and his literary works are examined in the context of the Scientific Revolution.

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Shakespeare makes reference to the body, the natural world and the cosmos throughout his works, however, he was writing at a time when our modern understanding of medicine, biology, and the universe was beginning to unfold. Readers of Falk’s book can gain a better understanding of how scientific thought and discovery were shaping the perspective of the masses, and how that may have influenced the way Shakespeare connected with his audience through his writing.
Learn more about this book by following this link! http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/shakespeare-at-450-how-science-may-have-influenced-his-work-1.2610977

The Hogarth Shakespeare Project

Just as directors, screenwriters, actors, and dancers are re-imagining Shakespeare, so too are authors participating in The Hogarth Shakespeare Project.
The project sees Shakespeare’s plays retold by acclaimed, best-selling novelists. The project is inspired by Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press and the founding mission “to publish the best new writing of the age”.
At the time of writing, the participating authors re-imagining the play of their choosing include Jeanette Winterson with The Winter’s Tale, Anne Tyler with The Taming of the Shrew, Howard Jacobson with The Merchant of Venice, Jo Nesbo with Macbeth, Tracy Chevalier with Othello, and Margaret Atwood with The Tempest.
The Hogarth Shakespeare programme will launch in 2016, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. For more information and to keep updated about the project, visit http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/about-us/Hogarth/The-Hogarth-Shakespeare1/.

Did Shakespeare Experience Writer’s Block?

Do you ever wonder if Shakespeare experienced writer’s block?
It is suggested that he produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. So, in a span of 24 years he wrote at least 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 narrative poems. It begs me to question where he drew his inspiration?
In this short film, Anna Cohen offers us a glimpse into how Shakespeare worked through writer’s block to write Romeo and Juliet.

Do you experience writer’s block? What are your methods for getting past it?

Shakespeare Remix: A Hamlet Choose Your Own Adventure Novel

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In December I wrote a blog entry on a Shakespeare rendition of Star Wars, written by Ian Doescher. Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be takes the remixing aspect of Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and brings it to a whole new level; Ryan North’s choose your own adventure novel gives readers the chance to alter the fate of the characters from the original play based on whatever path they choose and includes 110 alternate death scenes.

Although the immediate assumption is that To Be Or Not To Be is a traditional approach to Shakespeare, this isn’t actually true. If the reader chooses their path correctly some of the alternate paths available to them include: dinosaurs, robots, and a feminist approach where Ophelia transforms from a victim to a smart, self-sufficient woman in charge of her fate with a love for science. Readers that prefer a more traditional approach can also take the path of the original play through choosing to follow a path involving the play’s iconic Yorick skull.

According to the author, Shakespeare was a big fan of remixing stories that already existed and he frequently borrowed from existing literature. Because this is true, I’m sure William Shakespeare would of approved of his plays getting a refreshing remix and a brand new outlook.