Shakespeare... and more at Masterpiece Theatre Online
In addition to Othello, several other Shakespeare titles have appeared on Masterpiece Theatre over the years and many resources relating to these plays are available at Masterpiece Theatre Online. The following links access a variety of features designed to enhance your appreciation of the Bard.
The Merchant of Venice
Essays and Interviews
An Interview with Trevor Nunn : director of the Royal National Theatre
Onstage at the National : a closer look at this hub of British theatre
Shylock and History : intolerance on the world stage
The Shortest Shakespeare, including the 'Othello Rap' : all 37 plays in 97 minutes? Surely they jest!
Who was Shakespeare? : a brief biography
Story Synopsis : a summary
Will's Words : test your skills with this word game!
Who's Who : characters, actors and credits
Links and Bibliography : more about Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice
Teacher's Guide : extensive resources for teachers and students
About the Film : more about this Peabody Award-winning drama
Who's Who : the cast and full credits
A Talk with Ian Holm : an interview with the film's star
Filmography : a catalogue of King Lear on Film
Links and Bibliography : more about King Lear and Shakespearean drama
Teaching Henry V
This extensive learning resource includes a student guide, viewing strategies, an essay on the literary context of Henry V and commentary from actor/director Kenneth Branagh about his 1989 theatrical production.
Much Ado About Nothing
This Kenneth Branagh production, a theatrical adaptation originally released in 1993, features a cast which includes Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Keaton and Keanu Reeves. This Archive Database entry includes a complete cast list and transcripts of Russell Baker's introduction and concluding remarks.
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