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'.
Featuring a tour de force performance from Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare is a one-man show about the life and work of the world's greatest playwright.
Written by the renowned scholar Jonathan Bate, and taking its cue from Jacques' famous 'Seven Ages of Man' speech in As You Like It, the drama traces Shakespeare's life from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 to his burial there fifty-two years later. Weaving together this story with extracts from many of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Simon Callow presents a vivid and very human portrait of the man and of the Elizabethan world in which he lived.
Recorded before an audience during the play's triumphant London run, Being Shakespeare is both a wonderful introduction to the author and a richly nuanced, funny and fascinating study for those who already love his plays.
DVD extras include an exclusive interview with Simon Callow and performances of a personal selection of Shakespeare's Sonnets.
Plays featured in Being Shakespeare:
As You Like It
The Winter's Tale
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Venus and Adonis (poem)
Romeo and Juliet
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Comedy of Errors
Doctor Faustus (play by Christopher Marlowe)
King Henry VI, part 1
Henry IV, part 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Henry IV, part 2
Troilus and Cressida
Sir Thomas More