‘Callow and Shakespeare: a brilliant combination’ – The Times No. 1 Critic’s Choice
‘A memorable multidimensional picture of Shakespeare, steeped in scholarship and love’
– The Guardian
‘Stuff Elizabethan dreams were made on.’ – Time Out
‘A copy of this DVD should be placed alongside the Gideon Bible in every hotel room within ten miles of Stratford Upon Avon … This is the perfect souvenir for those who have seen the play ‘live’, a ‘must have’ purchase for any theatre lover and the perfect introduction to England’s most famous writer for absolutely everybody.’ – Theatre Monkey
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, Simon Callow presents a vivid and very human portrait of the man and of the Elizabethan world in which he 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.
Plays featured in Being Shakespeare:
As You Like It
The Winter’s Tale
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Venus and Adonis (poem)
Romeo and Juliet
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Comedy of Errors
Doctor Faustus (play by Christopher Marlowe)
King Henry VI, part 1
Henry IV, part 1
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Henry IV, part 2
Troilus and Cressida
Sir Thomas More