Theater

Being Shakespeare

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Apr 4—Apr 14, 2012
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
BAM Harvey Theater
 
RUN TIME: 1hr 45min with intermission
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  $20—80
FULL PRICE TICKETS:  $25—100
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday April 04, 2012
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A new play by Jonathan Bate
Directed by Tom Cairns

“Callow devours Shakespeare’s life story and intoxicates us with his language”
—Daily Mail (UK)

An aging Lear, disintegrating with his kingdom. A cryptic Ophelia, driven mad by madness. Hamlet, hell-bent on revenge. All of them came from the brain of Shakespeare, but what do we know about the Bard himself? In a tour-de-force performance, veteran actor Simon Callow (the original Roman Mozart in Amadeus on stage, the film Shakespeare in Love) assumes the daunting challenge of illuminating the man behind the roles in this utterly compelling one-man play by preeminent Shakespeare biographer Jonathan Bate, directed and designed by Tom Cairns. Channeling Macbeth and Henry V here, musing over Shakespeare's childhood there, Callow leaps from anecdote to soliloquy, using the famous Seven Ages of Man speech from As You Like It as his guide to consider how a glovemaker's son could have gone on to write the world.

Lighting design by Bruno Poet
Music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham

Co-produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Act Productions Limited, and Robert Bartner and Norman Tulchin

 
 
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Veteran actor Simon Callow discusses his role in preeminent Shakespeare biographer Jonathan Bate's one-man play Being Shakespeare with Princeton professor and poet Jeff Dolven.


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