This series combines history, biography, iconic performance, analysis and the personal passion of its hosts -- Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant -- to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations and illustrative excerpts from the plays especially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.
Explore this exquisite comedy of comparison and contrast, as well as what the ultimate "ado" about "nothing" really means, with Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt.
Shakespeare probably never met a Jew. Three centuries before The Merchant of Venice was written, England became the first country in medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population.
Measure for Measure takes an astonishingly timely look at sexual morality, hypocrisy and harassment.
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is a play that upholds liberty against tyranny.
A "winter's tale" was Jacobean slang for something fanciful and unreal - a campfire story.
Shakespeare's Richard III is one of the most infamous villains of all time - and one of the most relished.
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