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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

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 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

FIRNZE

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!

Doug Miller Books, an interview with the bookmonger himself

Doug Miller Books, an interview with the bookmonger himself

Doug Miller Books, an interview with the bookmonger himself

Doug Miller

Doug Miller

 

When I enter the store, Doug is standing on a stool, sharing a giant picture book with some eager customers.  Doug Miller Books is the hidden gem of Korea Town – housing some 27,000 adult fiction books; 10,000 kids’ books; 3000 comics and graphic novels; Bumpkin, the resident rabbit (who had no further comment); and the Lego creations that Doug and his son build together.

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LEGO creations!


SIA
:        What is the Doug Miller Books story?  You’ve been doing this for 29 years.  How did this store come to be?

Doug:     I opened up the bookshop because I was over-run by books in my apartment.  I needed another outlet so that people could see the books in a well-lit situation, and have everything alphabetized and displayed properly on shelves.  That’s it. It was very, very simple.

SIA:        It was a practical solution.

Doug:     Yes, plus, owning a shop allows you to see a lot of different things.  It allows you to see a wider range of books coming in and going out. It’s sad to see some things go, but happy moments when things come in.

SIA:        They’re like friends, arriving and departing.

 

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Fiction

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Comics


SIA
:         When I walk into this bookstore I feel like it’s so well curated.  Can you tell me a little more about your collection and the areas on which you focus?

Doug:     Well, the main thing to keep in mind is that my shop is very small, so you really hand-pick everything. If you have a large space, you can just fill it and alphabetize it, but when you have a smaller shop, you really have to be mindful because you don’t have a lot of display space.  So, with that in mind, I focus on fiction, which is split into many different genres –literature, general fiction, mysteries and thrillers, children’s books, sci-fi and fantasy.  There is a little non-fiction, lots of graphic novels and, with the children’s books, there are also the picture books.

 

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Dr. Seuss!

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Nancy Drew!

 

SIA:        I love, LOVE, the children’s collection here.  What were some of your favourite children’s books growing up, even now?

Doug:     A lot of the picture books that Scholastic was putting out because, of course, we had the Scholastic Book Club for Kids, which of course still exists today.  Things like Clifford and books on dinosaurs and on monsters, but to be more specific, Where the Wild Things Are, My Father’s Dragon, Harry the Dirty Dog, many of the Dr. Seuss tales, many of the Dr. Seuss Library Series that Random House published. They weren’t written by him or illustrated by him, but they were friends of his.  [The books] were brought into the fold and eventually published and printed for the masses and did extremely well. They were things like Are You My Mother, by P.D. Eastman.

SIA:        That was my first book!

Doug:     There’s another one about the goldfish that’s too big to be put into a goldfish bowl anymore.  He has to [move] it from the goldfish bowl to the sink, from the sink to the bathtub, from the bathtub to the swimming pool and it’s still too big.  It’s a lovely story.

SIA:        What is the greatest gem that’s come into your store that made you think: “Wow, this is wonderful.  I’m so happy to have this on my shelf.”

Doug:     As a person who sells books, the best books are the ones that you know people have been hunting for, so it’s not necessarily books that I cherish personally.  It could be the person who walks in and wants a book from their childhood.  They come in and they say: “Oh, I remember this story about a pig and there was there was a spider.”  And you look at them and you go: “Well that’s Charlotte’s Web.” And then you give them a paperback and they’re very excited.  It’s not necessarily about a first edition or a fine edition.  It’s the fact that you’ve provided them with something that they’ve lost track of in their mind.  It’s always been there, niggling in the back of their mind but it hasn’t been at the forefront for ages.  Then all of a sudden something happens and they think about it.  They remember a little bit and the next thing you know. they come in asking questions and hopefully they get the right answer.

SIA:        It’s like retrieving a long-lost memory.

Doug:    Yeah.  Rare books – what really should be called fine books – aren’t as plentiful as they used to be, understandably, because there are so many more people selling books on-line and, let’s face it, with children’s books it’s very difficult because [of the] huge emotional attachment to them.  For the most part, they’re the things that people keep.  People phone up all the time and say: “I have books to sell” and I say: “Do you have any children’s books?”  I have many other books other than children’s books, but I just really want to buy a lot of kids’ books.  For the most part, they say: “Well, we’re keeping those.”  They’re cherished books.  They have a huge history.  It’s not that you’re buying a children’s book from someone, you’re buying the book that their mom or dad, grandmother or grandfather, aunt, uncle or some relative [read to them], or some moment in time when they sat in some specific place and [at a] specific time and read that book themselves.  You’re not buying that book; you’re buying that moment and that, you can’t put a price on.

SIA:        No, I still have almost all of mine. I have my Golden Books and my Dr. Seuss books.  They would arrive by the boxful and it was such a special moment unpacking those with my parents.  The Keep Toronto Reading Festival [happened] in April.  The “one book” this year [was] The Cellist of Sarajevo. If we had a kids’ equivalent for, let’s say, children between the ages of 9 and 12, what book would you recommend?  Or, in a more general way, what are some of those mid-grade novels that are exceptional?

Doug:     The Giver would be a great book.  It’s the first part of a quartet; it’s absolutely brilliant.  You know what would be good for age 9?  The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, which is a book that he wrote about the negative effects of hunting, particularly for sport, as opposed to eating.  A good age-10 book would be The Penderwicks.  For 11, I would look at something by Michael Morpurgo, something like War Horse.  And for 12, Holes.

SIA:        That’s a fantastic book – I LOVE that book!  [A customer enters, who happens to have fraternal twin teens. Doug knows the perfect book – “Blood Red Road,” a story about Saba’s quest to find her twin brother, Lugh.] 

SIA:        So, 29 years – where do you see the next 29 going?  What place do you hope to have in the community?

Doug:     It would be great, of course, to have a larger store.  This store is too small for my stock. I’m hoping, in the future, to get a larger space but real estate being the way it is in Toronto…It’s never been easy. [Laughs]

SIA:        No.  [Laughs]

Doug:     In the next 29 years, I could see myself still doing this easily.  Although I’d like to retire by that time, I think.  But most of us don’t retire; most of us just keep doing it till the end.  I’ve been doing this for so long, and I’ve never once thought to myself, in a negative way, that I have to go to work.  It’s always positive.  I’m always excited to go to work, excited about the business, the books and, more importantly, I’m excited about the customers.  It’s heart-breaking too because people ask for you for things and you don’t have it.  It’s sad that you don’t have the things that they’re looking for, ‘cause you’d like to provide them with the things that they always want.  Aside from that, it’s a very joyful experience working in the book trade.

SIA:        You’re living your passion.

Doug:     Yup.  And I’ve been doing it for so many years, I can’t imagine doing anything else

Twisted Lit Books – Shakespeare Meets YA

Twisted Lit Books Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Twisted Lit Books
Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Guest Post by “Twisted Lit” authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

 
People often ask us why we decided to base our new “Twisted Lit” series of YA books off the works of William Shakespeare. Well, as total Shakespeare geeks (and if you’re reading this, we’re guessing you are, too), it was a no-brainer. Since long before we started writing together, we’ve been fans of unique Shakespeare stagings, from MacHomer — Rick Miller’s ingenious one-man mash-up of Macbeth and The Simpsons, to the L.A.-based Troubies’ productions, which combine the playwright with 20th-century pop music. (A recent favorite: A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream.)

In addition to being suckers for quirky and offbeat interpretations of the Bard’s works, we’re equally inspired by the timelessness of what he wrote. His thrilling plots and universal themes are perfectly suited to the sort of page-turning, culturally-relevant stories we want to convey. And, when you consider that so many of Shakespeare’s most famous characters are young adults grappling with dysfunctional families and falling in love (uh, Romeo & Juliet, anyone?) — you could almost say he was one of the original “YA” authors!

Here’s the skinny on the first two novels in our series:
 

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TEMPESTUOUS: In this updated spin on The Tempest, former “it girl” Miranda has been banished from the popular crowd and forced to work at the dreaded mall food court. When a snowstorm strands her and her high school cohorts overnight in the mall, she uses the opportunity to take sweet revenge on her ex-boyfriend and a trio of former bffs.

 

exposurecoverEXPOSURE: Our modern interpretation of Macbeth takes place over the course of one year in an Alaskan high school. Heroine Skye has a gigantic crush on Craig, the boy who would be Prom King. But when his ambitions (and his social-climbing, sociopathic girlfriend) get the best of him, tragedy and hidden truths spiral dangerously out of control.

 

From the sad-but-true files: A recent study out of England found that nearly a third of all schoolchildren under the age of 13 hadn’t heard of the UK’s most celebrated writer. (The stats for adults weren’t much better.) While our books are meant to entertain, pure and simple, we certainly wouldn’t mind if they turned more teens on to the original plays that inspired them. Just check out our Twisted Lit promo. video below and you’ll understand why we believe you’re never too young to take on Shakespeare!
 

 

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Kim (right) and Amy (left)

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