Registration for our Summer Programming is Officially Open!

February 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Great news, everyone! We have officially opened registration for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens summer training program. Details can be found below!

 

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids- July 4- 15, 2016

Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very ownShakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

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The Cast of our 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

DETAILS

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 15, 2016.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

 

COST

  • $550 per child (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Early Bard Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)
  • Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After April 8, use “FamilyBard.”

Eventbrite - 2016 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Recommend a friend to the Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp and receive $50 off your registration fee when they sign up!*

*Maximum 2 recommendations per camper.

 

For more information, please visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page!

 

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer training program- July 4- 29, 2016

This is a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance. Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. No drama or performance experience is required. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays. Teens are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance.

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The cast and directing team of our 2015 production of Hamlet!

DETAILS

  • Ages: 13-17
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 29, 2016
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

COST

  • $1000 per camper (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Early Bard Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)
  • Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After April 8, use “FamilyBard.”

Eventbrite - 2016 Shakespeare Young Company for Teens Summer Training Program

Recommend a friend to the Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp and receive $50 off your registration fee when they sign up!*

*Maximum 2 recommendations per camper.

 

For more information, please visit our Young Company for Teens page!

 

Shakespeare at the 2016 Golden Globes

January 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be presented this Sunday, and we couldn’t be happier to see so many Shakespearean actors and actresses nominated for awards! We have compiled a list of all of the actors that have been nominated in the Film, TV, and Limited Series categories for you. Take a look below!

 

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

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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!

 

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

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Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1996) as Romeo

 

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (2015) as Macbeth

 

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Donmar Warehouse 2011) as Richard III
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,2002) as Viola

 

Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

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Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Lady Blueberry
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as Rosaline
  • Richard III (1995) as Duchess of York
  • The Merchant of Venice (BBC Play of the Month, 1972) as Portia
  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Beatrice
  • Othello (1965) as Desdemona
  • Twelfth Night (Oxford University Dramatics Society, 1952) as Viola

 

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) as Demetrius
  • Henry V (1989) as Robin the Luggage Boy

 

Al Pacino (Danny Collins)

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Appeared in:

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

 

Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

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Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Prospera
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1998) as Cleopatra
  • Cymbeline (TV movie, 1982) as Imogen
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Cleopatra
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1981) as Titania
  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Rosalind
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Margaret
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Queen Margaret
  • Hamlet (1976) as Ophelia and Gertrude
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Lady Macbeth
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Julia
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Lady Anne
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Ophelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969) as Hermia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Hermia
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Cressida
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Hero
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Diana

 

 

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Ophelia

 

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

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Appeared in:

  • Trolius and Cressida (American Place Theater, 2001) as Achilles

 

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

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Appeared in:
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic, 2013)
  • Anonymous (2011) as Condell
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2005) as Prospero/Stephano/Sebastian/Alonso
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2004) as Vincentio
  • Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) as Richard II
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Olivia
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Posthumus/ Cloten
  • Romeo and Juliet (British National Theatre, 2000)
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2000) as Hamlet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1999) as Cleopatra
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1998) as Bassanio
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1996) as Proteus
  • Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre, 1995) as Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Romeo
  • 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 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) Lucentio, Player
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Ariel

 

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

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Appeared in:
  • Timon of Athens (Sacred Fools Theatre Company, 1998) as Flavius

 

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

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Appeared in:
  • Henry V (Shakespeare in Central Park, 2003) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (2000) as Laertes
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Banquo
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park, 1998) as Iachimo

 

Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle)

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Appeared in:

  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Victor

 

Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)

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Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini-series, 2012) as John of Gaunt
  • Great Performances- Macbeth (TV series, 2012) as Macbeth
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Bill Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company , 2011) as Shylock
  • Hamlet (TV movie, 2009) as Claudius/ Ghost
  • Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Malvolio
  • Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Macbeth
  • Othello (Shakespeare Theater, 1997) as Othello
  • The Tempest (on Broadway, 1995)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981 and 1982)
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981)
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company,1970 and 1981)
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV movie, 1980) as Claudius
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972 and 1979)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company,1971 and 1977)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (TV movie, 1974) as Enobarbus
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973)
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972)
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company,1967 and 1968)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • Trolius and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Player 1
  • The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic Theatre, 1965)

 

Oscar Isaac (Show Me A Hero)

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Appeared in:

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

 

David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

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Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Orlando De Boys
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Ghost of Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 3 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Menacrates and Decretas

 

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

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Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Sebastian
  • Titus (1999) as Saturninus
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Courtier, Silvius
  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1985) as Malcom

 

Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

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Appeared in:
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Lord Capulet
  • ShakespeaRE-Told- Much Ado About Nothing (TV mini-series, 2005) as Benedick
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Posthumus Leonatus
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Don John

 

Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: Episodes I-III

December 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 2 Comments
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Yesterday, we wrote about the Shakespeare roles that the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy have appeared in on and off stage. Today, we will focus on the prequels!

Liam Neeson (Qui- Gon Jinn)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Lyric Players Theatre, 1976) as Percy
  • The Winter’s Tale (Dublin’s Abbery Theatre, 1979)

 

 

Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Donmar Warehouse, 2007) as Iago

 

 

Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Dramatic Theatre Company, 1987) as Ophelia

 

 

Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as Sheriff/ Sir Michael
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1975) as Morton/ Wart
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as French Bishop/ Montjoy
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke of Somerset
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke of Somerset
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Duke Senior
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Junius Brutus
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Boyet
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Nestor
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Senator
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Bishop Gardiner
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Marullus/ Titinus
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Provost
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1987) as Narrator
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Richard III (British National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard II (Gainsborough Studios Theatre, 2000)
  • Coriolanus (Gainsborough Studios Theatre, 2000)
  • King Lear (Almeida Theatre, 2002)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Holofernes
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Polonius
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre, 2009) as King of France
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as Duke of York
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2014) as Justice Shallow

     

     

     

 

Hugh Quarshie (Captain Panaka)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1981) as Philostrate
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Cleomenes
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Aaron
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Outlaw
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Hotspur/ Vernon
  • Titus Andronicus (TV movie, 1985) as Aaron
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) as Tybalt
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Julius Caesar (TV mini-series, 1994) as Cassius
  •  Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Mark Antony
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) as Othello

 

 

Brian Blessed (Boss Nass)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Lord Hastings
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Claudius
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Duke of Exeter 
  • Henry V (1989) as Duke Thomas Beaufort of Exeter
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Antonio
  • Macbeth (1997) as Edward the Confessor
  • King Lear (1999) as King Lear
  • As You Like It (2006) as Duke Senior/ Duke Frederick

 

 

Christopher Lee (Count Dooku)

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Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Artemidorus

 

 

Jimmy Smits (Senator Bail Organa)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1984) as Othello
  • Twelfth Night (Delacorte Theater, 2002) as Orsino

 

 

Rose Byrne (Dorme)

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Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

*This movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

 

 

Ayesha Dharker (Queen Jamillia)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) as Emelia

 

 

What parallels do you notice in Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays? Share some examples with us!

Tomorrow, we will focus on the cast of the brand new movie, The Force Awakens!

Bloor Hot Docs Presents: Shakespeare on Screen!

October 20, 2015 at 11:58 am | Posted in Friends of SIA, Shakespeare at the Movies, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Our friends at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto are excited to bring Shakespeare to the big screen this month! Check out the details below, and get your tickets today!

 

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Shakespeare on Screen: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

Event details: Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence. Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 2411:30 AM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7d1

 

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The Royal Ballet: ROMEO AND JULIET

Event details: Kenneth MacMillan’s poignant setting of Sergey Prokofiev’s classic score draws out the emotional and psychological intensity of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers.Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: the lovers’ first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Performed live at the Royal Opera House. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 313:00 PM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7Jq

Shakespeare at the Movies (and on Television!) Emmys 2015 Edition

September 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The 67th Annual Primtetime Emmys happened a couple of weekends ago, and many actors were honoured with a statue for their work in television over the last year. I know it’s a bit late, but many of the nominees are seasoned Shakespearean actors, so I had to share a list of their work with all of you!

 

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David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

Appeared in:
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Decretas
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Menacrates
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Ghost of Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 3 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • As You Like It (2006) as Orlando De Boys
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Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)

Appeared in:
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Ariel
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) Lucentio, Player
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • 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)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Romeo
  • Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre, 1995) as Macbeth
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1996) as Proteus
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1998) as Bassanio
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1999) as Cleopatra
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2000) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (British National Theatre, 2000)
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Posthumus/ Cloten
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Olivia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) as Richard II
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2004) as Vincentio
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2005) as Prospero/Stephano/Sebastian/Alonso
  • Anonymous (2011) as Condell
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic, 2013)
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Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Appeared in:
  • Titus (1999) as Tamora
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Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)

Appeared in:
  • Twelfth Night (Alliance Theatre, 1982)

 

 

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Emma Thompson (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center))

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (1989) as Princess Katherine de Valois
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (International Tour, 1990) as Helena
  • King Lear (International Tour, 1990) as The Fool
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Beatrice

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Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Appeared in:
  • Richard II (Old Vic Theatre, 2005) as Richard II

 

 

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Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Appeared in:
  • Timon of Athens (Sacred Fools Theatre Company, 1998) as Flavius
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Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Appeared in:
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park, 1998) as Iachimo
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (2000) as Laertes
  • Henry V (Shakespeare in Central Park, 2003) as Henry V

 

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Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein

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Claire Danes (Homeland)

Appeared in:
Romeo + Juliet (1996) as Juliet
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Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele)

Appeared in:

  • The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Second City, 2004) as Romeo

 

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Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Music Box Theater, 2004) as Lennox
  • Richard III (The Public Theatre, 2004) as Buckingham
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Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Appeared in:
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Julius Caesar (TV mini-series, 1994) as Mark Antony
  • Richard III (1995) as Lord William Hastings
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Ralph Bashford
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Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Public Theatre, 2004) as Richard III
 Alan-Cumming

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1985) as Malcom
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Courtier, Silvius
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Titus (1999) as Saturninus
  • The Tempest (2010) as Sebastian
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Allison Janney (Mom)

Appeared in:
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) as Ms. Perky
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Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Astoria Performing Arts Center, 2004) as Isabella
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Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1982) as Helena
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Paul Giamatti (Inside Amy Schumer)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Yale University Theater, 2013) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Friar Laurence

 

 

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F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Belasco Theatre, 1986) as Macbeth
  • The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience, 2007) as Shylock
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Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Theatre for a New Audience, 1999) as Banquo

 

 

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Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, 2000)

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Joan Cusack (Shameless)

Appread in:
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Goodman Theatre, 1991)

 

 

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Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones)

Appeared in:
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Roman Citizen
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1960) as Wench
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1960) as Andromache
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961) as Bianca
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Adriana
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Lady Macduff
  • King Lear ((Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Cordelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Helena
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Viola
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Helena
  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Portia
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1972) as Lady Macbeth
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1972)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1973)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • King Lear (TV movie, 1983) as Regan
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre, 2001)
  • The WInter’s Tale (National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2001)

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Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Polonius
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Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

Appeared in:
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Don John
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Posthumus Leonatus
  • ShakespeaRE-Told- Much Ado About Nothing (TV mini-series, 2005) as Benedick
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Lord Capulet
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Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Lady Macbeth
 Did I miss someone? Which of these roles is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 4

July 30, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | 1 Comment
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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 Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens- Registration Deadline Extended!

June 15, 2015 at 11:52 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Still haven’t decided how you want to spend your summer vacation? Good news- There’s still time!

We have extended the registration deadline for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids, and Young Company for Teens summer intensive training program to June 25, 2015!

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Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very own Shakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 10, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens

What's that you say?

This is now a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance. Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. No drama or performance experience is required. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays. Teens are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance.

  • Ages: 13-17
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: Hamlet
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Teens!

Have a question about Shakespeare in Action’s summer programming? E-mail us at education@shakespeareinaction.org, or call us at (416) 703-4881!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Jurassic World

June 11, 2015 at 11:46 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The moment film fans from around the world have been patiently waiting for for many years has finally arrived… The latest film in the Jurassic Park series is being released this week! In what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, Jurassic World picks up many years after the original (and may or may not ignore the events of the 2nd and 3rd in the series, to many fans’ delight.) The (almost) entirely new cast have a wide range of experience in different genres of film, with a few Shakespearean film and stage roles on their resumes!

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Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Rosalind
  • As You Like It (The Public Theater, 2003) as Rosalind

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Arrfan Khan (Masrani)

Appeared in:

  • Haider (2014) as Roohdaar
  • Maqbool (2003) as Maqbool

*To read more about recent popular Shakespeare adaptations in Bollywood, check out one of our past blog posts!

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BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Roundabout Theatre Company, 1989) as Ariel

Did I miss someone? Do you think Shakespeare would enjoy the Jurassic Park series? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Spy

June 4, 2015 at 11:26 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The latest film from Paul Feig, Spy, is a comedy that is certainly going to help us kick off the sumer with a good laugh! This hilarious cast has appeared in several stage and screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, and not just the comedies! Let’s see who has been involved with The Bard before:

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Jude Law (Bradley Fine)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre, 2013) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (Wyndham’s Theatre, 2009) as Hamlet
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)

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Raad Rawi (Tihomir Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Playhouse Theatre, 1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company tour, 1988) as Theseus/Oberon

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Rose Byrne (Rayna Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

*This movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

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Jason Statham (Rick Ford)

Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Tybalt

Did I miss someone? Leave a comment and let me know!

SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION SUMMER PROGRAMMING- FOCUS PLAYS ANNOUNCED!

May 28, 2015 at 11:50 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Shakespeare in Action is thrilled to announce the focus plays for the 2015 Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids, and Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer training program, starting on June 29!

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Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids 2014- The wonderful cast of Twelfth Night!

Campers at the Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids will perform their very own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies!

Camp runs from June 29- July 10, 2015, and is for kids aged 7-12. To sign up for camp, please visit our Eventbrite registration page!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens 2014- The wonderful cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens 2014- The wonderful cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Teens who participate in the Young Company for Teens will have the opportunity to create a multi-media version of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s best known (and performed) plays.

The training program runs from June 29- July 24, and its for teens aged 13-17. To sign up for the program, please visit our Eventbrite registration page!

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