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Shakespeare at the 2016 Golden Globes

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- 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)

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Muppets

Since the 1950’s, Jim Henson and Co. have been delighting children and adults alike with their band of Muppets!
The Muppets have appeared in many movies and have had several television shows since their debut, constantly making reference to Shakespeare and other important literary figures along the way.
Since Kermit and the rest of The Muppets are back on the big screen this week, let’s take a look at some of the nods to Shakespeare over the years!

Monsterpiece Theatre appeared on Sesame Street, and featured Cookie Monster introducing skits based on some of the great literary classics! Shakespeare’s work appeared in this segment several times.

A segment on The Muppet Show called Veterinarian’s Hospital tried to find out how many Shakespeare references can fit into a minute and a half.

Patrick Stewart appeared on Sesame Street and pondered the age old question- “B… Or not a B?”

The Muppet Show had many panel discussions during its run. One of the more important topics discussed; Was William Shakespeare, in fact, bacon?

Garth Brooks made some Shakespearean modifications to the duet he planned on doing with Miss Piggy during a taping of Muppets Tonight.

I know we haven’t even begun to list all of the Shakespeare references in the Muppets’ work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some more on your own! Which Shakespeare reference is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!