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Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Well friends, the time that I am sure many of us have been waiting for is finally here! Like our last couple of posts about the original and prequel trilogies, we are going to take a look at what Shakespeare-related work the cast has done!

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) as Mia’s Mom

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

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Appeared in:

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

 

 

Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)

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Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Nuffield Studio, Southampton, 1982) as Poins
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Lysander
  • The WInter’s Tale (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Florizel
  • Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, 1988) as Porter/Sargeant
  • King Lear (Royal Court Theatre, 1993) as The Fool
  • Othello (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2002) as Iago

 

 

Pip Torrens (Colonel Kaplan)

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Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry IV, Part 2 (TV mini-series, 2012) as Mowbray

 

 

Sebastian Armesto (Lieutenant Mitaka)

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Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Ben Jonson

 

 

Shakespeare in Action will be closed for the holidays, but we will be back in 2016! Which movie or series would you like to see covered in out next instalment of “Shakespeare at the Movies?” Let us know!

 

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

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!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars Episodes IV to VI

The Star Wars series is back to delight and inspire a new generation of fans with The Force Awakens, opening on Friday! Star Wars is embedded in our popular culture, and has even been turned into a book series of Shakespearean retellings! There are many parallels between the stores in Star Wars and Shakespeare’s plays, so it is no wonder that so many seasoned Shakespearean actors have been involved with the series over the years!

The first instalment of the Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars series will focus on the original trilogy, from Episode IV- A New Hope, through Episode VI- Return of the Jedi. Check back tomorrow for the prequels!

 

 

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) as Mia’s Mom

 

 

Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (USA Summer Stock, 1941) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (1948) as Osric
  • Richard III (Old Vic Tour, 1948) as Duke of Clarence and Cardinal Bouchier
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Laurence Olivier’s Festival Season London West End, 1951) as Alexas/Diomedes

 

 

Alec Guinness (Obi Wan Kenobi)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (New Theatre, 1934) as Osric
  • As You Like It (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Le Beau/ William
  • Romeo and Juliet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Sampson/ Apothecary
  • Macbeth (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Macbeth
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Reynaldo, Player Queen and Osric
  • As You Like It (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936) as Boyet
  • Twelfth Night (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1936)
  • Richard III (John Gielgud Company, 1937) as Aumerle/ The Groom
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1937) as Reynaldo/ Osric
  • Henry V (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1937) as Exeter
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1938) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (Scottish Theatre Festival, 1939) as Romeo
  • The Tempest (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1940) as Ferdinand
  • King Lear (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1946) as Fool
  • Richard III (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1947) as Richard III
  • Coriolanus (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1948) as Menenius Agrippa
  • Twelfth Night (Old Vic Theatre Company, 1948) as Director
  • Hamlet (New Theatre, 1951) as Hamlet
  • Hamlet (New Theatre, 1951) as Director
  • Richard III (Stratford Festival, 1953)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Stratford Festival, 1953) as King
  • The Merchant of Venice (Chichester Festival, 1984)

 

 

David Prowse (Darth Vader)

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Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Charles

 

 

James Earl Jones (Darth Vader’s voice)

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Appeared in:

  • Othello (Ramsdell Theatre, 1955) as Othello
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stage Production, 1961) as Oberon
  • The Merchant of Venice (Delacorte Theatre, 1963) as Prince of Morocco
  • The Winter’s Tale (Delacorte Theatre, 1963) as Camillo
  • Othello (Martinique Theatre, 1963) as Othello
  • Coriolanus (Delacorte Theatre, 1965) as Junius Brutus
  • Troilus and Cressida (Delacorte Theatre, 1965) as Ajax
  • Hamlet (Delacorte Theatre, 1972) as Claudius
  • King Lear (Delacorte Theatre, 1973) as King Lear
  • Othello (Winter Garden Theatre, 1982) as Othello
  • Much Ado About Nothing (London’s West End, 2013) as Benedick

 

 

Garrick Hagon (Biggs)

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Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Derby Playhouse, 1977)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)

 

 

Jack Klaff (John D.)

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Appeared in:

  • Merchant of Venice. Lorenzo. 1971 South African Broadcasting Corporation
  • Much Ado About Nothing. Borachio. 1971-1973 State Theatres Johannesburg. Pretoria
  • Henry V. Chorus. 1971-1973.  Tours around Johannesburg including Soweto
  • Henry V. HenryV. 1971-1973. Tours around Johannesburg including Soweto
  • Richard II. Richard II. 1971-1973. Tours around Johannesburg including Soweto
  • Taming of the Shrew. Petruchio. 1971-1973 Tours around Johannesburg
    including Soweto
  • Macbeth. Macbeth. 1972. Cape Town.
  • As You Like It Orlando. 1973. Kwazulu Natal Tour
  • Antony and Cleopatra. Antony. 1974. Bristol Old Vic
  • Macbeth. Witch. 1975. Bristol Old Vic
  • Merchant of Venice. 1976 Bristol Old Vic
  • The Tempest. Bosun. Sebastian. 1976 Oxford Playhouse
  • Henry VI. Bastard of Orleans. Duke of Clarence. 1977 – 1978. Royal
    Shakespeare Company
  • As You Like It. Charles the Wrestler. 1977 to 1978 Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Troilus and Cressida. Diomedes. 1979 Bristol Old Vic
  • Julius Caesar. 1980 Riverside Studios
  • Othello. Iago. 1990 Bristol Old Vic
  • Macbeth. Macbeth. 1990. Birmingham Rep
  • A Midsummer Night’s Theseus/Oberon. 1996 Southern Shakespeare Festival
    Florida US
  • Hamlet. Polonius. 1997. Birmingham Rep
  • Hamlet Claudius. 2005. John Russell Brown Company
  • Twelfth Night. Sir Toby Belch. 2005. John Russell Brown Company
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bottom. 2019. Aquila Tour, U.S.
  • Richard II. John of Gaunt. Gardiner. Carlisle. Duchess of York. 2018
    and 2019. Rose Theatre Kingston; Rose Theatre London
  • Devising a Shakespeare Show, Shakespeare Plays Jazz with Shakespeare
    Scholar Pauline Kiernan

 

 

Clive Revill (The Emperor)

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Appeared in:

  • The Comedy of Errors (Old Vic School Theatre, 1951)
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Barnardine
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Prince of Arragon
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Costard
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1956) as Player 1
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Lymoges
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Trinculo
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Artemidorus
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Cloten
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Octavius Caesar

 

 

Julian Glover (General Veers)

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Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Varro
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Gaoler
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Sacristan
  • Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Fisherman 1
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Gregory
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Conrade
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Bernardo
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Montano
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Duke of Albany
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Snug
  • Antony and Cleopatra (1972) as Proculeius
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Tullus Aufidius
  • Henry VI, Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Earl of Warwick
  • Henry VI, Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Earl of Warwick
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Henry IV
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Henry IV
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Escalus
  • Friar Lawrence (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Friar Lawrence
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Caius Cassius
  • Macbeth (Albery Theatre, 2002) as Duncan/ Porter

 

 

 

Sebastian Shaw (Anakin Skywalker)

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Appeared in:

  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Bassanio
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Fenton
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Demetrius
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Romeo
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Prince Henry
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Lucillius/ Metellus Cimber
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Ferdinand
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1926) as Sir Henry Green
  • Julius Caesar (TV movie, 1938) as Marcus Brutus
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Duncan
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as Friar Laurence
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967) as King of France
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Quince
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (TV movie, 1968) as King of France
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Earl of Gloucester
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Ulysses
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968) as Leonato
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969) as Quince
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Polonius
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Sir Eglamour
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Vincentino
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973) as Boyet
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973) as Duke of York
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Cymbeline
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Bishop Ely/ Charles VI
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Clown
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Tubal

 

 

Michael Pennington (Moff Jorjerrod)

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Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Fortinbras
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Titus
  • Hamlet (1969) as Laertes
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Ferdinand
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Angelo
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Edgar
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Mercutio
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Hector
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Time
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Berowne
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Duke of Vienna
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978) as Dumaine
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1980) as Hamlet
  • Cymbeline (TV movie, 1982) as Posthumus
  • The Wars of the Roses- Richard II (TV series, 1990) as Richard II
  • The Wars of the Roses- Henry IV Part 1 (TV series, 1990) as Prince Henry of Wales
  • The Wars of the Roses- Richard III (TV series, 1990) as Duke of Buckingham
  • The Wars of the Roses- Henry VI (TV series, 1990) as Jack Cade/ Earl of Suffolk
  • Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Timon of Athens
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2004) as Narrator
  • Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) as John of Gaunt

 

 

Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor)

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Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Elbow
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974) as Trinculo
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Don John
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Porter/ Ross
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Shylock

 

 

Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett)

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Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (TV movie, 1979) as Duke Vincentino
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979) as Benedick

 

 

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

 

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Winter Registration Opens December 1st!

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“…my library / Was dukedom large enough…”
– Prospero, The Tempest, 1.2 –

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for Bards-to-be, ages 7-12!

Join Shakespeare in Action for storytelling adventures!  Explore worlds of magic, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!

Jump into plays like Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tempest, Comedy of Errors, and Henry IV.

Play drama games, read aloud from one to three scripts, build confidence, get a head start on high school, and make friends with other Shakespeare fans!

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is led by professional actors and educators. Register in person at your chosen participating Toronto Public Library branch from the list below:

SATURDAYS, January 30 – March 5, 2016
Registration Opens December 1, 2015

Morning  (10AM – 12PM)

Afternoon  (2PM – 4PM)

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS- Stage Manager

Shakespeare in Action is looking for a volunteer Stage Manager to help bring to life A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the 5th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraiser. The Shakespeare Challenge is a fundraising event that will raise funds for Shakespeare in Action’s educational programming, serving thousands of at-risk youth across Toronto.

The Challenge will feature up to 14 community members coming together to unleash their inner thespian under the direction of Shakespeare in Action’s renowned Artistic Director Michael Kelly. Our Challenge Champions will rehearse and perform an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In a race against time, these brave souls will rehearse one night a week for eight weeks to prepare and present this memorable production. That’s the Shakespeare Challenge!

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The Comedy of Errors, 2015

 

The Stage Manager will be responsible for:

  • Organizing rehearsal schedules
  • Preparing list of contacts
  • Maintaining weekly contact with participants, informing of them of any changes, updates, etc.
  • Assisting Director with recording blocking and taking other necessary notes with Stage Management Prompt Book
  • Organizing and maintain rehearsal space
  • Liaising with Shakespeare in Action office staff regularly throughout the duration of the rehearsals

 

Must be available for the following dates and times:

  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on January 12, 19, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 15, 22, 29, 2016
  • The dress rehearsal on April 5, 2016 and final performance on April 6, 2016 (Times TBD)

 

 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to info@shakespeareinaction.org. Cover Letters can be addressed to Michael Kelly, Artistic Director.

BOW DOWN! Rookie of the Year coming through!

Just kidding! Well, not about the Rookie of the Year thing.

Today when I came into the office, there was a trophy waiting for me lovingly labeled “Rookie of the Year,” which was bestowed upon me for being the first intern to book a workshop! My parents are so proud! I could be gracious and say that this has been the glowing triumph of my time at Shakespeare in Action, yet I cannot.

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In the short time I have been an intern for Shakespeare in Action I have enjoyed meeting the creative people who flow through the office the most! Starting with the people who run the show: Kyle and Jenny are the nicest supervisors who are always ready to dish out advice or joke around. As well, the Artistic Director Michael, whom I met today, was so warm and welcoming to this lowly intern that I wanted to be his best friend. Immediately.

Not only are the administrators wonderful, but the artists involved in the organization are equally as amazing! Christopher, Celia, and Marcel who are running the Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop interactive tour came through the office this morning and took time to say hi to the new face in the office (me) before getting straight to work on their rehearsal. (It’s also Marcel’s birthday so Kyle is out getting him a cake, but it’s a surprise so don’t tell!)

It’s obvious that everyone who comes through the office not only cares about this organization, but also one another and the power of art education, which, if I’m honest, better than a trophy.

5 Acting Exercises to Improve Work Performance

Our annual event The Shakespeare Challenge is coming up, and we are getting excited! Registration has been open for about a month now and will remain open until Dec 18 2015, so time is starting to run out! We think Shakespeare is great, but did you know that performance can actually improve your performance in the office? Here are 5 easy acting exercises based off of the Alexander Technique that you can do daily at work to feel great!

1. Vocal Clarity & Power – Think of your voice as a hood that rises over your head from the nape of your neck, or as rising up from the top of your head. Just this simple shift in thought will open your voice up and give you vocal clarity and power! Keep this in mind and you’ll find it easier to project to the back of the conference room during your next presentation.

 

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2. Breathing – This one is a big one, though it’s not something we usually have to actively think about. Try focusing in on your exhale, letting it extend longer than your inhale. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, and then take 8 seconds to exhale. This simple exercise will lengthen and increase the efficiency of your breaths! Having more control over your breath will help you stay calm when stressed, and will make speaking for long periods of time a little easier on your body.

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3. Posture – The way you carry yourself can affect the way that others perceive and react to you. If you’re constantly hunching your shoulders you physically appear smaller, and may send the message “I don’t deserve to take up as much space as my colleagues.” Try broadening your shoulders and chest, or elongating your neck and spine—you’ll project more confidence, and others will pick up on it.

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4. Ease of Movement – Actors are rarely standing still, so being able to move freely is important, especially during a performance, but you can take this mentality with you to the office too. Take 5-10 minutes out of your workday to stretch and move your body! Roll your neck and shoulders, bend forward and try to touch your nose to your knees, or stretch out those wrists and forearms! These exercises are easy to do at your desk and will help loosen up any stiff muscles.

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5. Feeling Grounded – This means putting both feet on the ground, trying feel each toe connecting with the floor, and bending your knees slightly. You’ll find your balance, posture, and breathing will improve with this power-stance, and your coworkers will perceive you as more confident.

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Alexander Technique info source: http://www.freeyourneck.com/acting-the-alexander-technique/

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Extend your young Bard’s learning with these click-and-print resources!

...and act a little out.

Are your young Bards participating in the Fall session of the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club?  Or have they participated in the past?

If so, we have some free click-and-print activities for them to try at home and extend their learning!

Click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the green “Download Now” button.

Registration for the Winter session opens December 1st!  For more information click here.

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Step out of the office and into the spotlight- Take the Shakespeare Challenge!

Have an inner flair for the dramatic? Ever wanted to perform Shakespeare on stage? Here’s your opportunity! We are calling on all professionals with the desire to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth!

The Shakespeare Challenge is an annual fundraiser, where community members from all walks of life (no acting experience required) come together to rehearse an abridged version of a Shakespeare play to raise funds for Shakespeare in Action’s educational programming!

Two past Shakespeare Challenge champions share their experience participating in the fundraiser, and why you should get involved!

Visit www.shakespeareinaction.org/shakespeare-challenge for more info!

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