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Playing Shakespeare (1982): 3. Language & Character

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PLAYING SHAKESPEARE (1982): 3. LANGUAGE & CHARACTER(DVD description)A SERIES OF MASTER CLASSES WITH THE GREATEST SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS OF THEIR AGESIT IN ON NINE INTENSIVE ACTING WORKSHOPS conducted by the legendary John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company. How does this world-renowned troupe make classic plays accessible to modern audiences, without compromising the text's integrity? How do actors search Shakespeare's verse for hidden clues to their characters' motivations? How do they balance intellect and passion to make theatre's most famous soliloquies seem fresh?The answers come from Barton and 21 of Britain's finest actors, including Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love," "Iris"), Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi," "Schindler's List"), Peggy Ashcroft ("A Passage to India"), Ian McKellen ("The Lord in the Rings," "Gods & Monsters"), Patrick Stewart ("X-Men," "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), and David Suchet ("Agatha Christie's Poirot).Also starring Sinéad Cusack, Susan Fleetwood, Sheila Hancock, Alan Howard, Donald Sinden, Michael Williams, and more.3. LANGUAGE & CHARACTERBarton and the company search for antitheses in the verse to reveal complexity of character, working to make dialogue seem fresh and spontaneous.with SINÉAD CUSACK, LISA HARROW, BEN KINGSLEY, MICHAEL PENNINGTON, ROGER REES, PATRICK STEWART, DAVID SUCHET, and MICHAEL WILLIAMSWritten and Presented by JOHN BARTONDirected by JOHN CARLAWProduced by ANDREW SNELLExecutive Producers MELVYN BRAGG and NICK EVANSCasting JANE DAVIESMusic GUY WOOLFENDENVideotape Editor GRAHAM ROBERTSCopyright © 1982 LWT for ITV plc. All rights reserved.• This series is available on DVD from at copyright infringement intended. All material property of ITV plc.)

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