Being Shakespeare DVD

John Wyver, 2011


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Film Details

Directed by John Wyver

Produced in 2011

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Featuring a tour de force performance from Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare is a one-man show about the life and work of the world's greatest playwright.

Written by the renowned scholar Jonathan Bate, and taking its cue from Jacques' famous 'Seven Ages of Man' speech in As You Like It, the drama traces Shakespeare's life from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 to his burial there fifty-two years later. Weaving together this story with extracts from many of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Simon Callow presents a vivid and very human portrait of the man and of the Elizabethan world in which he lived.

Recorded before an audience during the play's triumphant London run, Being Shakespeare is both a wonderful introduction to the playwright and a richly nuanced, funny and fascinating study for those who already love his plays.

DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: Illuminations

Length: 109 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 8th March 2012

Cat No: BS161

DVD Extras

  • Exclusive interview with Simon Callow
  • Performances of a personal selection of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

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