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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- X-Men: Days of Future Past

I am sure that most of you are well aware of the fact that the latest installment in the X-Men franchise was released last weekend. The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past has a great range of experience performing Shakespeare, from one performance under their belt, to seasoned veterans of the stage!

How do you think an actors experience with Shakespeare can help shape their performance in huge Blockbusters like this? Leave a comment and let us know!

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James McAvoy (Charles Xavier)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios, 2013) as Macbeth
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Gnomeo
  • Shakespeare Re-Told (2005 TV mini-series) as Joe Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet (Perth Theatre Company)
  • The Tempest (Bunton Theatre Company) as Ferdinand
  • Westside Story (Courtyard Theatre, 1999) as Riff

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Michael Fassbender (Erik Lahnsherr)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (2014) as Macbeth

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Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/ Beast)

Appeared in:

  • Warm Bodies (movie inspired by Romeo and Juliet, 2013) as “R”

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Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Public Theatre, 2004) as Richard III

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Ian McKellen (Magneto)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (TV movie, 2008) as King Lear
  • 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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Patrick Stewart (Professor X)

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)