Hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, this star-studded show from the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy.
Captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, RSC Artistic DirectorGregory Doran has assembled an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Minchin, Rufus Wainwright, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Joseph Fiennes, the cast of Horrible Histories, The Royal Ballet, English National Opera(ENO), Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many more, to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC will feature numerous theatrical performances, as well as Shakespeare-inspired works spanning the musical genres, including hip-hop, blues, musical theatre, jazz, opera and classical music. This unique gala event will immerse you in the excitement, the drama, the laughter, the tears, the constant reinvention and the utter timelessness of the works of William Shakespeare.
Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Distributor: Sharmill Films
Dates & Times:
Sunday 8 May 5pm
Tuesday 10 May 7pm
Thursday 12 May 2pm
Saturday 4 June 1pm
★★★★ “Shakespeare Live! sent shivers down the spine” –Telegraph UK
“it was hard to fault an evening so well-intentioned and which, at certain moments, McKellen’s fiery delivery of lines about refugees from Sir Thomas More or Rufus Wainwright’s beautiful version of the sonnet When In Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes, sent shivers down the spine. Roger Allam as a raving Lear, Harriet Walter as a dying Cleopatra and Helen Mirren as Prospero provided a last-minute embarrassment of tragic riches.