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 including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear and The Tempest.
Simon Callow presents a vivid and very human portrait of a man and of the Elizabethan world in which Shakespeare 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.
Certificate EX (Exempt)
Running Time 109 mins
Main Language English
Release Date 09/03/2012
Number of Discs 1
Interviews: Simon Callow