Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts – Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant – to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.Visit Shakespeare Uncovered Website
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Director Trevor Nunn takes you through the otherworldly and supernatural The Tempest.
David Tennant meets fellow actors who’ve taken on Hamlet and compares notes.
Jeremy Irons researches Shakespeare’s history plays: Henry IV & V.
Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II: the story of a king who loses his crown.
Joely Richardson looks into Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Twelfth Night.
Ethan Hawke takes you along as he researches the part of Shakespeare’s murderous Macbeth.
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An introduction to Hamlet's Soliloquy from Act III, Scene i.
A brief overview of the general characteristics of soliloquies.
An overview of the play that emphasizes the theme of fathers and sons.
A look at director Thea Sharrock's new production of Henry V.
A look at Hal and Falstaff’s role playing of Hal’s upcoming meeting with his father.
Jeremy Irons talks about "Shakespeare Uncovered" and the power of Shakespeare.
An exploration of the impact and meaning of the witches in Macbeth.
A discussion of how a thoughtful audience watching a play encounters something real.
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Nunn takes us through the magical world created in the playwright’s last complete work.
David Tennant meets fellow actors who’ve tackled this most iconic of roles.
Jeremy Irons uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s most iconic “history plays."
Derek Jacobi takes a 360-degree view of this great political thriller
Joely Richardson investigates the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies
Ethan Hawke invites viewers on his quest to play Shakespeare’s murderous Thane of Cawdor.
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