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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
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Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 3

Today, our celebration of Harry Potter continues with a focus on the Shakespeare-related work that the cast introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have been a part of! To read Part 1 of the series, click here. To read Part 2, click here.

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Lee Ingleby (Stan Shunpike)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery Theatre, 2001) as Puck

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Lenny Henry (Shrunken Head)

Appeared in:

  • The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre, 2012) as Antipholus of Syracuse

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Jimmy Gardner (Ernie)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (1981) as Clown
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Apothecary/ Peter
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Gardener’s Man/ Groom
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Gravedigger #1
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Old Gobbo
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982-84) as Verges
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Snug

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Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)

Appeared in:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) as Rosencrantz

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David Thewlis (Remus Lupin)

Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as William Cecil

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Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore)

Appeared in:

  • Othello (Dublin’s Gaity Theatre, 1962)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1963)
  • Othello (1965) as Senators, Soldiers, and Cypriots
  • Romeo and Juliet (BBC Play of the Month, 1967) as Gregory
  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Watchman #4
  • Macbeth (Forum Theatre, 1968) as Macbeth
  • Coriolanus (Liverpool Playhouse, 1969) as Coriolanus
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Surrey
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC Play of the Month, 1971) as Theseus
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1979) as Buckingham
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1979)
  • As You Like It (National Theatre, 1979)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1979)
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1980) as Roderigo
  • As You Like It (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre, 1981) as Benedick
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1981)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1981)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Antony
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as King Lear
  • King Lear (Barbican Theatre, 1982)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre, 1983)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1985)
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1986)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre, 1988)
  • Othello (Stephen Joseph Theatre, 1990) as Othello
  • Henry IV Part 1, Part 2 (National Theatre, 2005) as Falstaff
  • Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Rep) as Escalus
  • Othello (Birmingham Rep) as Othello

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Dawn French (The Fat Lady)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery Theatre, 2001) as Bottom

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Emma Thompson (Sybil Trelawney)

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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Julie Christie (Madame Rosmerta)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Gertrude

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Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew)

Appeared in:

  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979) as Captain, First Lord, and Senator
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1980) as Peter Simple
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 1992)
  • Hamlet (1996) as Rosencrantz
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Beatrice

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Eric Sykes (Frank Bryce)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (Peter Hall Company, 2003)

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David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr)

Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Touchstone
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1998) as Edgar
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Antipholus of Syracuse
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Romeo
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Flute/ Lysander
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Hamlet
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008) as Berowne
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as Richard II

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Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 2001)

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Roger Lloyd Pack (Barty Crouch)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1969) as Reynaldo
  • Will Shakespeare (TV mini-series, 1978) as Jack Heminge

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Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Alice
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Audrey
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Nicholas/ Widow
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Helena
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Player Queen
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Cleopatra

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Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini-series, 2012) as Queen Isabella

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Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “MadEye” Moody)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter)

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)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1996)
  • Midsummer Dream (2005) as Titania

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Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Roger Davies)

Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Bear Baiter

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Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)

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

Check back tomorrow for our post that focuses on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!

Shakespeare Was a Muggle

J.K. Rowling is one of the bestselling British authors of all time. Her books are internationally beloved. However, there is another author from England who is equally renowned. That writer is none other than William Shakespeare himself. There may be few apparent connections between the magical world that Harry Potter and his friends live in and Hamlet’s Denmark, Shylock’s Venice, or any of the other characters and settings in Shakespeare’s works. Yet, there is something about the two author’s works that inspire crossovers, if not with plots then with people. The Harry Potter franchise has had some of the world’s best Shakespearian actors and actresses take on the roles of muggles and wizards alike.

Here is a list of some Shakespearian Actors and their connections to Harry Potter:

Kenneth Branagh – Professor Gilderoy Lockhart

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Professor Lockhart may not be the most memorable character from the Harry Potter franchise, but when portrayed by Shakespearian heavyweight Kenneth Branagh on screen, it is difficult not to pay attention. Away from Harry Potter, Branagh is known for his abilities to bring the Bard to the big screen. His film adaptations include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has also appeared onscreen as Iago in Oliver Parker’s Othello. Aside from his films, Branagh has been connected to countless stage productions.

Emma Thompson – Professor Sybill Trelawney

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The former wife of Branagh, Thomson has acted in Shakespeare adaptations on and off the screen. She appeared alongside Branagh in Henry V before taking on a lead role in his Much Ado About Nothing. She has also been involved in several stage productions of Shakespeare’s works throughout her acting career. Though her portrayal of sharp-tongued Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing may make her unrecognizable as the helter-skelter Professor Trelawney, Thompson’s acting can be enjoyed in whatever project she’s involved with.

Alan Rickman – Professor Severus Snape

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Though often difficult to love in his role as Professor Snape, Alan Rickman is capable of much more than the monotone portions master. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his formal training has involved him in many Shakespearian productions. Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra are only a few of the many projects that Rickman has participated in throughout his acting career.

Maggie Smith – Professor Minerva McGonagall

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Maggie Smith has had a long acting career spanning across the globe from the London stage to Stratford, Ontario. Her work with the Stratford Festival landed her roles as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She has also starred as Desdemona in the 1965 film adaptation of Othello. At eighty years old, Dame Maggie Smith is still acting and will probably appear on stage again.

Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort

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Another Royal Shakespeare Company alum, Fiennes has taken on roles from Hamlet to the one “who must not be named” himself, Lord Voldemort. Since the mid-eighties, he has played many of the great Shakespearian roles from lovesick Romeo, to aging Prospero. He received a Tony Award for his portrayal of Prince Hamlet on Broadway, and made his debut as a director with his adaptation of Coriolanus. Though his role as Voldemort is finished, Fiennes continues to be heavily involved in Shakespeare productions.

Fiona Shaw – Mrs. Petunia Dursley 

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It may not be easy to picture tight-lipped Mrs. Dursley as Richard II, but Fiona Shaw has successfully tackled both roles. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her most memorable appearance in a Shakespearian production was in her role as Richard the II in 1997 gender bending rendition of the play. She remains one of the top classical actresses working today.

   Shakespeare at the movies: Coriolanus

Shakespeare in Action would like to invite you to an exclusive advance screening of the new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.

CORIOLANUS opens in theatres on January 20th! The modern day adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy stars Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain. We have a limited number of free passes available for our friends to the exclusive advance screening in Toronto on January 18th! Get your tickets at the link below using the pincode ‘corio-shakespeareinaction’. Please note: Coriolanus is rated R and is for audiences aged 18 years and older. Be sure to sign up quick as tickets are first come first served!
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