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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/x77WM5dhn_tSocbF0fD6ug==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Cattrall has played Cleopatra twice. Now she explores the real character of the great Queen of Egypt, and travels to Rome, ironically Marc Antony’s city, in her quest to find out more about the historical Cleopatra. She also meets with her director, Dame Janet Suzman, who herself made an iconic... /episodes/get/27981 /episode/27981 Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall /episode-player/27981

Kim Cattrall has played the role of Cleopatra twice and meets others who have, as well - like Janet Suzman, who is renowned for her performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Together, they begin to uncover the truth behind Shakespeare's "middle-aged" love story. Cattrall also travels to Rome and examines possible inspirations for the play. Contributors include Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/JWIEcsynJ63Oue2U_2XLkQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Fiennes has a unique perspective on Romeo and Juliet. He played Shakespeare – both writing and performing as Romeo – in the film Shakespeare in Love. Now he wants to examine why it remains the most-performed of all Shakespeare plays. /episodes/get/27982 /episode/27982 Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes /episode-player/27982

Joseph Fiennes, the star of Shakespeare in Love, examines Royal Ballet productions, musicals such as West Side Story and Baz Luhrmann's extraordinary cinematic re-imagination of Romeo & Juliet to understand why the love story remains the most adapted and performed of all of Shakespeare's works. Features interviews with Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sondheim.

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/TPYIY-DG_LQQdMTgDOsrLQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Astonishingly, David Harewood was the first black actor to play the great Moorish Venetian general Othello at London’s National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role—but not until 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it. /episodes/get/27693 /episode/27693 Othello with David Harewood /episode-player/27693

In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play, as well as returning to the National to meet the most recent actor to take on the role at the theatre, Adrian Lester. Interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.

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Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/MLrd6Z_odEQ5QbHKWuD5kw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Freeman first discovered Shakespeare in school in Mississippi. He went on to play the hero of this play – Petruchio – in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production in New York, set in the Wild West. Freeman notes this play has set the template for all of the battle-of-the-sexes... /episodes/get/27692 /episode/27692 The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman /episode-player/27692

In 1990, Morgan Freeman famously starred in a Wild West version of The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park in New York. Freeman sets out to understand how and why the play, one of the Bard's first works, was written. Interviews include Tracey Ullman, Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.

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Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/eFTXl4kDCIpGczy-ZpM4Uw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false King Lear is universally acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic roles. Christopher Plummer has played the role under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller. an McKellen and Simon Russell Beale share their insights into this often-difficult character. And Plummer examines what inspired... /episodes/get/27523 /episode/27523 King Lear with Christopher Plummer /episode-player/27523

Actor Christopher Plummer originally played the role of King Lear under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play six times. Plummer explores how the work might have been staged during Shakespeare's time, and acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.

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Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/IfJP6351O0GXCrXcIpRVFg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Hugh Bonneville started his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London’s Regent’s Park. He revisits the theatre where his love for Shakespeare blossomed and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal. Interviews... /episodes/get/27522 /episode/27522 Midsummer's Night Dream with Hugh Bonneville /episode-player/27522

Hugh Bonneville talks with actor Ralph Fiennes about A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:00
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