Drama

Watch full episodes of great theater works, including Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury; King Lear starring Ian McKellen and Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart.

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

The Hollow Crown is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V.

The films – chronicling a bloody tale of family, politics and power — tell the rise and fall of three Kings and how their destiny shaped English history.

Premiered September 20, 2013
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Let Me Down Easy

Let Me Down Easy

Conceived, written, and performed by Smith in her signature one-person performance style, the play examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of our current national debate on health care. To create Let Me Down Easy Smith interviewed an eclectic group of people (300 on three continents) and performs several in an evening that is funny, moving and engaging.

Premiered January 12, 2012
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Macbeth

Macbeth

Director Rupert Goold’s stage production of Macbeth was filmed for television at the end of 2009 with Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as his scheming wife.

Premiered October 5, 2010
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Hamlet

Hamlet

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 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.

Premiered April 27, 2010
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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

The sold-out production starring Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata remains true to Rostand’s 1897 heartbreaker of a play, bursting with swashbuckling gascons and duplicitous noblemen, fops and ruffians.

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Primo

Primo

Actor Antony Sher portrays Primo Levi in a play adaptation of Levi’s concentration camp memoir. The one-man play, like the book on which it is based, unfolds in controlled, lucid prose, detailing the time Primo Levi spent in Auschwitz during the final year of World War II.

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Peter & the Wolf

Peter & the Wolf

Conceived and directed by award-winning animator Suzie Templeton, this modern-day “Peter & the Wolf” uses stop-frame model animation, puppets, and digital photography to retell the classic story, and features the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s beloved score.

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