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Being Shakespeare [DVD]


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  • Actors: Simon Callow
  • Directors: John Wyver, Illuminations Television Ltd.
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Illuminations TV Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JVSRKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,736 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Simon Callow stars in this one-man show which takes a look at the life and career of renowned English playwright William Shakespeare. Written by Jonathan Bate, the play's structure was inspired by the 'Seven Ages of Man' speech from 'As You Like It', portraying Shakespeare's life from beginning to end and combining his story with extracts from many of his works such as 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Hamlet', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'King Lear' and 'The Tempest'.

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'Callow and Shakespeare: a brilliant combination.' --The Times No. 1 Critic's Choice

'A copy of this DVD should be placed alongside the Gideon Bible in every hotel room within ten miles of Stratford Upon Avon ... This is the perfect souvenir for those who have seen the play 'live', a 'must have' purchase for any theatre lover and the perfect introduction to England's most famous writer for absolutely everybody.' --Theatre Monkey

'A memorable multidimensional picture of Shakespeare, steeped in scholarship and love.' --The Guardian

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By theatremonkey on 19 Mar 2012
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A copy of this DVD should be placed alongside the Gideon Bible in every hotel room within ten miles of Stratford Upon Avon. For this inspired collaboration by actor Simon Callow and Shakespeare expert Jonathan Bate will instantly and entertainingly provide every ounce of background information any visitor could require; greatly enhancing their visit with wonderful insights into the subject's world.

A cardboard crown, a wooden sword, a globe, four wooden school chairs and a square of light are all Simon Callow needs to weave ninety minutes of theatrical magic.

This is the story of William Shakespeare. Lines from thirty two of his most famous characters illustrate their creator's emotions as we progress through his `seven ages' of life (itself a concept in his "As You Like It").

Alongside the play extracts, own modern everyday language (peppered with topical references - one to a `property portfolio' causing particular amusement among the on screen audience) keep the production accessible and the whole moving at smart pace.

It's always a pleasure to hear Shakespeare spoken by the very best actors, but here the particular joy is having those beautiful words set in context against each period of the author's life.

The highest highlights of the enthralling ninety minutes are an hilarious `school room' sequence as the young Snail learns to play with Latin words and a one-man `balcony scene' as he learns to play with girls... Both are performed with the gentlest touch, and a command of the stage that rather make you glad this is a DVD - so that you can rewind and savour the scenes again and again.

This whole is filmed "as live," with the audience reaction and even a few vocal hesitations left in.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EH-C on 9 Aug 2012
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As you would expect, this is a superb DVD. Callow is engaging and brings Shakespeare to life. A wonderful watch for luvvies of the bard.
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Super experience seeing & hearing Simon Callow at his absolute best. To see the emotions he puts into the text is truly
magnificent.

For all Shakespeare lovers & those who have admired from afar !

With Callow the difficult text becomes easier to understand making this a must for students too. This guy will get you through
your exams &/or is more advanced work.

You just cannot take your eyes away from this. Mr Callow who both inspires & entertains

A must buy...........don't miss it !!!!
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By Amazon Customer on 9 Jun 2014
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This was a very good companion to the MOOC, 'Shakespeare and his world', fronted by Jonathan Bate who wrote the script for this monologue. It was excellently performed by Simon Callow and for anyone considering doing the on-line course the DVD is an entertaining and informative introduction.
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By pippa on 27 May 2014
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A brilliant addition to anyone's dvd collection. Simon Callow is mesmerising , I will watch this over and over. Fantastic
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An excellent piece - Simon Callow really is incredible! I liked him in other movies, but this is something different. The man Shakespeare comes to life.
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