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Being Shakespeare [DVD]

Simon Callow , John Wyver , Illuminations Television Ltd.    Exempt   DVD
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Product Description

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'.


'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

About the Actor

Being Shakespeare follows Simon Callow's major international success with The Mystery of Charles Dickens (West End and Broadway) and his London sell-out hit, Dr Marigold & Mr Chops. Simon's many films include A Room with a View, Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and Christmas Carol: The Movie, and television includes Rome, as Charles Dickens in an episode of Doctor Who and Tom Chance in the series Chance in a Million. His latest TV appearance was in the Channel 4 series Jamie s Dream School. His most recent stage roles include a hailed performance as Sir Toby Belch in Peter Hall's sold out production of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Ronald Pickup. He has written biographies of Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton and Orson Welles. His autobiography, My Life in Pieces, was published last year by Nick Hern Books and won the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography.

About the Director

Illuminations is an innovative media production company that specialises in arts and performance films. The company works regularly with the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Arts and with international broadcasters, and its productions have been honoured with an International Emmy, a BAFTA and a Peabody Award.

Product Description

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 King John The Merry Wives of Windsor Julius Caesar 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 Hamlet Sonnet 18 Henry V Henry IV, part 1 A Midsummer Night's Dream Macbeth Richard II King Lear Henry IV, part 2 Troilus and Cressida The Tempest Sir Thomas More
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