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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!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Today is the North American release date of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! To celebrate the release of the last movie in the Hobbit series, let’s look at the Shakespeare-related work that the cast has done. From British Theatre elite, to some new faces to the Bard’s works, this cast has a wide variety of Shakespeare offerings on stage and screen!

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Lee Pace (Thranduil)

Appeared in:

  • King Richard II (The Juilliard School) as Richard I
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Juilliard School) as Don Pedro
  • Romeo and Juliet (The Juilliard School) as Romeo
  • Julius Caesar (The Juilliard School) as Cassius

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Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Hollow Crown TV Mini-Series, 2016) as Richard III
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Hollow Crown TV Mini-Series, 2016) as Richard III
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company, 2010) as Demetrius
  • Romeo and Juliet (New Shakespeare Company, 2002) as Benvolio
  • As You Like It (New Shakespeare Company, 2002) as Orlando
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (New Shakespeare Company, 2001) as King of Navarre

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Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield)

Appeared in:

  • Shakespeare Re-Told (TV Mini-Series, 2005) as Peter Macduff
  • Macbeth (TV Movie, 2001) as Angus
  • Hamlet (1998 Stage Production) as Bernardo

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Orlando Bloom (Legolas)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 2013) as Romeo

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Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Trafalgar Studios, 2014) as Richard III

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Cate Blanchett (Galadriel)

Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Sydney Festival, 2009) as Richard II

*This production was part of The War of the Roses, where all of Shakespeare’s Historical plays were condensed into one 8 hour performance!

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Ian McKellen (Gandalf)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2007) as King Lear
  • The Tempest (Audiobook, 2004) as Prospero
  • The Tempest (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 1999) as Prospero
  • Richard III (1995) as Richard III
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1990) as Richard III
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1990) as Kent
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Iago
  • Acting Shakespeare (Playhouse Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1985)
  • Coriolanus (National Theatre, 1984) as Coriolanus
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company,1978) as Sir Toby Belch
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Macbeth
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Leontes
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Romeo
  • King Lear (The Actor’s Company, 1974) as Edgar
  • Hamlet (Prospect Theatre Company, 1971) as Hamlet
  • Hamlet (TV movie, 1970) as Hamlet
  • Richard II (Prospect Theatre Company, 1968) as Richard II
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Claudio
  • Coriolanus (Nottingham Playhouse, 1963) as Tullus Aufidius

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Christopher Lee (Saruman)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Artemidorus

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Hugo Weaving (Elrond)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Sydney Theatre Company, 2014) as Macbeth
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Melbourne Theatre Company, 1993) as Benedick
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Melbourne Theatre Company, 1991) as Petruchio
  • Julius Caesar (State Theatre Company of South Australia, 1989) as Brutus
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Belvoir St. Theatre, 1986) as Oberon

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James Nesbitt (Bofur)

Appeared in:

  • Coriolanus (2011) as Tribune Sicinius

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Graham McTavish (Dwalin)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (1999) as Duke of Albany
  • Macbeth (1997) as Banquo
  • Julius Caesar: A Critical Guide (Video Documentary, 1997) as Brutus
  • King Lear: A Critical Guide (Video Documentary, 1997) as Albany
  • Richard III (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)

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Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2012) as Malvolio

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Ken Stott (Balin)

Appeared in:

  • Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1992)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1991)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (Donmar Warehouse Theatre, 1982) as Rosencrantz
  • King Lear (TV Movie, 1982) as Curan
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976)
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976)
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976)

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Ian Holm (Old Bilbo)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Royal National Theatre, 2002)
  • King Lear (Royal National theatre, 1997)
  • Othello (Royal National Theatre, 1997)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)Hamlet (1990) as Polonius
  • Henry V (1989) as Captain Fluellen
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Puck
  • The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series, 1965) as Richard III
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1964) as Henry, Prince of Wales
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, 1963)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, 1962)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV Movie, 1959) as Puck
  • King Lear (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959) as the Fool
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • Othello (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958)
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958)
  • Titus Andronicus (Stoll Theatre, 1957) as Mutius
  • Macbeth (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1955)
  • Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1955)
  • Troilus and Cressida (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1954)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1954)

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Ryan Gage (Alfrid)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2009) as Osric

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Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2007) as The Fool
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1986)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1986)

Have I missed someone or something on this list? Which Hobbit alums Shakespeare roles are your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know!

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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