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Shakespeare at the Movies- Spectre

Spectre is the 24th film in the James Bond series, and is being released this Friday. The film series has been around for 53 years, and many could argue that it is one of the most popular British cultural exports (Along with Shakespeare, of course!) Let’s take a look at the Spectre cast, and see how many have Shakespeare on their resumes!

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Daniel Craig (James Bond)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)
  • Othello (New York Theatre Workshop, 2016) as Iago

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Ralph Fiennes (M)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Claudio
  • Henry VI (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Henry VI
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Henry VI
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Lewis the Dauphin
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Berowne
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Edmond
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Troilus
  • Hamlet (Almeida Theatre, 1995) as Hamlet
  • Richard II (Almeida Theatre, 2000) as Richard II
  • Coriolanus (Almeida Theatre, 2000) as Coriolanus
  • Measure for Measure (British National Theatre, 2002)
  • Julius Caesar (International Tour, 2005) as Marc Anthony
  • Coriolanus (2011) as Coriolanus

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Ben Whishaw (Q)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini series, 2012) as King Richard
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre, 2004) as Hamlet

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Andrew Scott (C)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Henry VI Part 2 (TV mini series, 2016) as King Louis XI of France

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Rory Kinnear (Tanner)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Theatre Royal, 2002) as Caliban
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003) as Caius Lucius
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003) as Tranio
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre, 2004) as Laertes
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2010) as Hamlet
  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini series, 2012) as Bolingbroke
  • Othello (National Theatre, 2013) as Iago

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 Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 needs no introduction. It is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the season, so I thought it was absolutely necessary to explore the bodies of work from this impressive cast. To no ones surprise, many of the actors have done Shakespeare related work on film and stage! Let’s take a look at what they’ve done.

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Donald Sutherland (President Snow)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet at Elsinore (1964 TV movie) as Fortinbras, Prince of Norway

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Jeffrey Wright (BeeTee)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as The Gravedigger

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee)

Appeared in:

  • The 15 Minute Hamlet (1995 short) as Bernardo, Horatio and Laertes
  • Othello (2008, Public Theater) as Iago

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Paula Malcomson (Katniss’ Mother)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Marcella

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Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000) as Puck

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Elden Henson (Pollux)

Appeared in:

  • O (2001) as Roger

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Sarita Choudhury (Egeria)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (1998, Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company) as Hero

How many of these performances have you seen? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us 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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Shakespeare at the Movies- How to Train Your Dragon 2

“There is differency between a grub and a butterfly;
yet your butterfly was a grub. This CORIOLANUS is grown
from man to dragon: he has wings; he’s more than a
creeping thing.”     -Coriolanus Act V, Scene 4

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is bound to be one of the most popular family movies of the summer! The cast comes from various areas of the entertainment industry, from film to television, from comedy to drama. Let’s focus on their Shakespeare related works! Have you seen any of these movies or performances? Let us know in the comments section!

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Cate Blanchett (Valka)

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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Gerard Butler (Stoick)

Appeared in:

  • Coriolanus (2011) as Tullus Aufidius
  • Coriolanus (Mermaid Theatre, 1996)

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Djimon Hounsou (Drago)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Caliban

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Known as one of the greatest contemporary actors, let’s remember Philip Seymour Hoffman and his work today. He had a great presence both on screen and on stage, appearing in productions of The Merchant of Venice, and Henry V.
In 1995, he appeared in a film version of 15 Minute Hamlet, based on the play by Tom Stoppard. The film is an interesting take on the film industry, and what it would been like had it been around in Shakespeare’s time. You can watch 15 Minute Hamlet here:

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Oscars 2014

The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards are in, and I must say, there is some fierce competition for a statue this year!
Until the awards are actually given out on March 2, we can only speculate on the internet and join the office pool, guessing who will walk away a winner. In the meantime, we can dive into the nominees past works, and learn about the interesting and brilliant choices that this group of actors have made throughout their careers.

Seeing as we are a Shakespeare related theatre company, I have sifted though the careers of the nominees and compiled a list of some of the Shakespeare related works that they have been a part of over the years! Enjoy!

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Christian Bale (Best Actor Nominee)

Appeared in:

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Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (1997 theatre production) as Malcom
  • Romeo and Juliet (2000 theatre production) as Romeo
  • Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003 TV movie) as Orsino
  • Othello (2007 theatre production) as Othello

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Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor Nominee)

Appeared in:

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Amy Adams (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Into the Woods (2012 Shakespeare in the Park Production) as Baker’s Wife

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Cate Blanchett (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Richard II (2009 Sydney Festival) as Richard II


*Fun Fact- This role was part of a show called The War of the Roses, which condensed all of Shakespeare’s historical plays into one 8 hour performance!

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Judi Dench (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:


*Fun Fact- Judi Dench also performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company for many years.

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Meryl Streep (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1978 Shakespeare in the Park Production)  as Katherine
  • Romeo and Juliet (2012 Shakespeare in the Park Staged Reading) as Juliet

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Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor Nominee)

Appearing in:

  • Macbeth (Currently in Pre-production) as Macbeth

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Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (2000 theatre production)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000 theatre production)

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Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

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

Have you seen any of these movies or performances? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!