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William Shakespeare    1564-1616

 

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Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: 'Friends, Romans, countrymen'

Shakespeare Solos    The Guardian        3 May 2016

 

 

 

 

Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: 'Friends, Romans, countrymen'

Shakespeare Solos        Video        Guardian Cultures        3 May 2016

 

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,

we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays.

 

Here, Damian Lewis performs Antony’s lines

from Act III, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar.

 

Antony has been granted permission to speak at Caesar’s funeral

so long as he does not implicate the conspirators in his death,

but he skilfully turns the crowd against them.
 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q89MLuLSJgk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zawe Ashton as Jacques in As You Like It: ‘All the world’s a stage’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

 

 

 

Zawe Ashton as Jacques in As You Like It: ‘All the world’s a stage’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,

we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays.

 

Here, Zawe Ashton speaks Jacques’s lines on the seven ages of man

from Act II, Scene 7 of As You Like It.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXZhASNTKt4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Riz Ahmed as Edmund in King Lear: 'Now, gods, stand up for bastards'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016


 

 

 

 Riz Ahmed as Edmund in King Lear: 'Now, gods, stand up for bastards'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,

we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays.

 

Here, Riz Ahmed speaks Edmund’s soliloquy

from the start of Act I, Scene 2 in King Lear.

 

Edmund reflects upon being an illegitimate son

and plots against his half-brother, Edgar.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-epojal7nE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paterson Joseph as Shylock: 'You call me misbeliever'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

 

 

 

Paterson Joseph as Shylock: 'You call me misbeliever'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,

we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays.

 

Here, Paterson Joseph speaks Shylock’s lines

from The Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene 3,

in which the moneylender responds to a request for a loan

by reminding his adversary, Antonio,

of the times he has insulted him.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vSR6W8_uBU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Carmichael as Portia: 'The quality of mercy'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

 

 

Laura Carmichael as Portia: 'The quality of mercy'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 May 2016

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmmBT_4dmI0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Samuel West as Henry V: 'Upon the king' | Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Samuel West as Henry V: 'Upon the king'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        29 February 2016

 

Samuel West speaks Henry V’s soliloquy from Act IV, Scene 1.

 

On the night before battle,

Henry reflects upon the public’s expectations of the king.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USQvp7skuTY&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g&index=8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Lumley as Viola in Twelfth Night: 'I left no ring with her'

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Joanna Lumley as Viola in Twelfth Night: 'I left no ring with her'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        29 February 2016

 

Joanna Lumley speaks Viola’s soliloquy

from Twelfth Night, act II, scene 2.

 

Viola, disguised as a page boy,

wonders why the countess Olivia

has sent her a ring

and whether Olivia has fallen in love with her.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg1qTs5pdeM&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g&index=7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Mays as Macbeth: 'Is this a dagger which I see before me?'

Shakespeare solos        The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Daniel Mays as Macbeth: 'Is this a dagger which I see before me?'

Shakespeare solos        Guardian Culture        29 February 2016

 

Daniel Mays speaks Macbeth’s lines from act II, scene 1.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOjf9S4alv0&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g&index=9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacha Dhawan as Shakespeare's Parolles: 'Are you meditating on virginity?'

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Sacha Dhawan as Shakespeare's Parolles: 'Are you meditating on virginity?'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        29 February 2016

 

Sacha Dhawan delivers an edited version

of Parolles’s lines from the first scene

of All’s Well That Ends Well.

 

Parolles urges Helena to consider

the importance of losing one’s virginity.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z16KV7VxfIg&index=10&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Threlfall as Prospero in The Tempest: 'Our revels now are ended'

Shakespeare Solos    The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

 

 

 

David Threlfall as Prospero in The Tempest: 'Our revels now are ended'

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian        29 February 2016

 

David Threlfall speaks Prospero’s lines

from The Tempest, act IV, scene 1.

 

As a masque comes to its close,

the sorcerer contemplates the end of life

– and the playwright, perhaps, considers the end of his career

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFNTAsC8qQ0&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g&index=11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camille O'Sullivan as Constance in King John: 'Thou art not holy'

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Camille O'Sullivan as Constance in King John: 'Thou art not holy'

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        29 February 2016

 

Camille O’Sullivan plays Constance in King John, Act III, Scene 4.

Constance laments the loss of her son, Arthur, who has been captured,

but disputes the suggestion that she has gone mad.Guardian Culture

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAZju8RbiI&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g&index=12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Morrissey as Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        5 February 2016

 

 

 

 

David Morrissey as Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        5 February 2016

 

David Morrissey speaks the opening lines from Richard III

in which the scheming Richard lays out his plan to turn his brothers,

the Duke of Clarence and the newly enthroned King Edward IV,

against each other.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfaVYn1v4jM&index=5&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Lester as Hamlet: ‘To be or not to be’ | Shakespeare Solos        Guardian        1 February 2016


 

 

 

Adrian Lester as Hamlet: ‘To be or not to be’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        1 February 2016

 

Adrian Lester speaks Hamlet’s soliloquy from act III, scene 1,

in which the prince reflects on mortality and considers taking his own life.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muLAzfQDS3M&index=1&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Vanderham as Juliet: ‘The mask of night is on my face’

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        2 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Joanna Vanderham as Juliet: ‘The mask of night is on my face’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        2 February 2016

 

Joanna Vanderham speaks Juliet’s monologue

from the balcony scene in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMeZiZeipVw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Allam as King Lear: ‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks’

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        3 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Roger Allam as King Lear: ‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks’ | Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        3 February 2016

 

Roger Allam plays King Lear in act III, scene 2 of the tragedy.

 

Lear is on the heath during a symbolic storm

 

The ageing king curses the weather and his daughters,

and laments his frailty.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn955417swY&index=3&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayesha Dharker as Shakespeare’s Titania: ‘The forgeries of jealousy’

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        29 January 2016

 

 

 

 

Ayesha Dharker as Shakespeare’s Titania: ‘The forgeries of jealousy’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        29 January 2016

 

Here, Ayesha Dharker plays Titania,

the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Titania has quarrelled with Oberon, king of the fairies.

 

As the pair have control over the weather,

their argument leads to a vision of nature’s chaos.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XURRdGdX188&list=PLlfYT-Za_x2JuweuLmpYfi1AXhUNKz32g&index=6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eileen Atkins as Emilia in Othello: ‘If wives do fall’

Shakespeare Solos        The Guardian        4 February 2016

 

 

 

 

Eileen Atkins as Emilia in Othello: ‘If wives do fall’

Shakespeare Solos        Guardian Culture        4 February 2016

 

Eileen Atkins speaks Emilia’s lines from Othello, act IV scene 3.

 

Emilia, Iago’s wife, counsels Desdemona on marriage and fidelity.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmEU6mB7Twk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Shakespeare        England        1564-1616

 

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shakespeare-crime-writer-today-roy-grace-peter-james

 

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475128109/snacking-in-shakespeares-time-what-theatregoers-ate-at-the-bards-plays

 

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shakespeare-thinking-philosophy-jonanthan-bate

 

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474716940/50-shades-of-shakespeare-how-the-bard-used-food-as-racy-code

 

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474409705/in-shakespeare-s-plays-mealtimes-were-a-recipe-for-drama

 

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bed-tricks-and-broken-women-shakespeares-guide-to-love

 

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ten-ways-shakespeare-changed-the-world

 

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473946678/first-listen-rufus-wainwright-take-all-my-loves-9-shakespeare-sonnets

 

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speak-master-a-text-coach-on-shakespeares-way-with-words

 

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shakespeare-first-folio-discovered-stately-home-scottish-isle-bute

 

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shakespeare-timeline-playwrights-life

 

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461601333/400-years-after-his-death-shakespeares-first-folio-goes-out-on-tour

 

 

 

 

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shakespeares-great-escape-plague-1606--james-shapiro

 

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rise-restive-muse-154-times-all-shakespeares-sonnets-through-a-new-york-lens.html

 

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shakespeare-rare-first-folio-french-library-mark-rylance-globe-theatre

 

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shakespeares-antisemitic-lines-must-be-censored-at-times-says-rylance

 

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shakespeare-sonnets-mr-wh-dedication-mystery

 

 

 

 

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