Shakespeare

GP at the Met: The Enchanted Island

About the Opera

The Enchanted Island, a world premiere work that combines Baroque music with a new, English-language libretto featuring characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a starry cast including Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Plácido Domingo, and Luca Pisaroni, will air on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at the Met Friday, May […]

Macbeth

Full Episode

Watch the full film of Rupert Goold’s Macbeth starring Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood. Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, and a subsequent eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold’s gripping stage production of Shakepeare’s Macbeth was filmed […]

Macbeth

Educator’s Guide

In support of the GREAT PERFORMANCES telecast, WNET.ORG is distributing 30,000 copies of a Macbeth poster & teachers’ guide to schools nationwide, which will assist educators in utilizing the PBS broadcast in the classroom. This activity-based analysis of the play is illustrated by various lesson plans and activities.  After the October 6 premiere PBS broadcast, […]

Macbeth

A Conversation with Sir Patrick Stewart

In an interview with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, Sir Patrick Stewart discusses what attracted him to the role of Macbeth, the innovative creative process of working with director Rupert Goold, his co-star Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, his character’s descent into darkness, and some performance advice he received from another famous Macbeth, Sir Ian McKellan.

Macbeth

About the Film and Preview

The production, though retaining the Goold’s concept of relocating the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century militaristic society, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms starring Sir Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood. Presented on PBS as part of the Great Performances series Wednesday, October 6, at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

Hamlet

Full Episode

Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet. Watch the film adaptation of Hamlet, originally […]

Hamlet

Interview with Sir Patrick Stewart

Great Performances interviewed the recently-knighted Sir Patrick Stewart about playing the roles of Claudius and the Ghost in the upcoming GP special Hamlet to air on PBS stations nationwide on April 28th at 8 p.m. (check local listings). While in California in January promoting the broadcast, Stewart talked about the process of creating a modern […]

Media for the “Opening Scene” Activity

In this production the actors decided that they preferred the rule of Claudius, a peace-keeping King who enjoyed a good party! This is important in the staging as it is when we, the audience, and the Court first see Claudius as King. The staging of this opening court scene is instrumental in revealing the relationships […]

Media for the “Polonius’ Family” Activity

Every actor should understand exactly what they are saying in order to make the most of their role. For the first two to three weeks of the rehearsal process Gregory Doran gave the actors three key rules when they were reading the play: 1) That they don’t read their own part 2) That they can’t […]

Hamlet

Media for “The Role of the Players” Activity

The Players Speech – Hamlet’s Attempt to Kill Claudius – Greg Doran decided to repeat the image of Priam hesitating with his sword in the air, as shown by the player, when Hamlet takes the dagger to Claudius. Watch The Player’s speech immediately followed by Hamlet’s attempt to kill Claudius. What are the similarities? How […]