Shakespeare Lives in Two Great Performances — 400 Years after his Death

On Sunday, December 11, at 9:00pm, WGBY premieres The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which continues the epic saga begun with the BAFTA winning 2013 Great Performances of The Hollow Crown.  Airing to great acclaim on the BBC this past May, one reviewer observed, “What [Director Dominic] Cooke captures is the scope, the daring and the savage headlong rush of the poet’s imagination. . .”

Amid this cast of acclaimed actors assembled for Great Performances: Shakespeare Live! from The Royal Shakespeare Company, Prince Charles makes his entrance in his official capacity as RSC President.  To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosted a glittering jubilee party that WGBY will premiere on Friday, December 23, at 9:00pm.

Shakespeare Live! will celebrate the international legacy of Shakespeare in all the performing arts — including opera, ballet, jazz and musical theatre — from The Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Many iconic characters, speeches and scenes from Shakespeare’s best-known plays will be featured, telling the story of Shakespeare’s life and career.

Find out more about Great Performances:  Shakespeare Live! and PBS LearningMedia esources for The Hollow Crown and more .  And you’ll find still more at PBS LearningMedia from a search of Shakespeare.

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