Shakespeare Uncovered

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  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.5  (265)

Shakespeare Uncovered is a television series that explores the works of William Shakespeare in the context of Shakespeare's history and modern performances. Notable actors, directors, and scholars are interviewed over the course of six episodes about their work with Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare Uncovered offers insights into how the plays were originally written and performed by Shakespeare and his company, and why they are still performed today. Each episode of Shakespeare Uncovered is narrated by a notable modern practitioner of Shakespeare's works, including David Tennant, Ethan Hawke, and Trevor Nunn. Each episode examines a different play, or genre of plays, including Macbeth, Ricard II, Henry IV (parts 1 and 2), Henry V, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Episodes include sample scenes and backstage looks at the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe (London), and the American Shakespeare Center. In addition to modern productions of the plays, Shakespeare Uncovered examines the historical and literary conditions in which Shakespeare wrote. The series generally argues that William Shakespeare helped establish the modern theatre four centuries ago by adapting other literary works, writing prequels to well known stories, rebooting other writers' characters, and incorporating contemporary politics into his work. Parts of Shakespeare's biography, including his family and professional lives, are also considered in relation to his craft in writing plays. Notable Shakespeare scholars Stephen Greenblatt, Gail Kern Paster, and Stanley Wells, Abigail Rokison, and Rene Weis served as the project advisory board for Shakespeare Uncovered. Some of the more noteworthy performers interviewed include Judy Dench, Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood, and Ian McKellan. Film, television, and radio adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are also examined, from the early twentieth century through the present. Shakespeare Uncovered was produced by Blakeway Productions, 116 Films, and THIRTEEN in association with Shakespeare's Globe, and first aired on June 19th, 2012. Each episode of Shakespeare Uncovered runs for sixty minutes.

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Richard III with Antony Sher
6. Richard III with Antony Sher
October 26, 2018
Antony Sher's 1977 interpretation of the infamous villain Richard III defined the role for a generation. This is the story of how Shakespeare created both a loathsome and brilliant manipulator and a real man who speaks to every age.
The Winter's Tale with Simon Russell Beale
5. The Winter's Tale with Simon Russell Beale
October 26, 2018
Simon Russell Beale presents The Winter's Tale -- an intense psychological drama, driven by passion and obsession. In this play, Shakespeare pushes theatrical technique to its limits, and offers us an astonishing ending full of hope.
Julius Caesar with Brian Cox
4. Julius Caesar with Brian Cox
October 19, 2018
Julius Caesar upholds Liberty against Tyranny. But what is tyranny? Presenter Brian Cox examines how this play challenges all political systems and all definitions of tyranny -- challenging us to wonder how well we even know ourselves.
Measure for Measure with Romola Garai
3. Measure for Measure with Romola Garai
October 19, 2018
Shakespeare shows us the brutal implications of high moral principles on both sides in this dark and complex comedy. Romola Garai examines this truly relevant tale of harassment and the abuse of male power.
The Merchant of Venice With F. Murray Abraham
2. The Merchant of Venice With F. Murray Abraham
October 12, 2018
F. Murray Abraham untangles the controversies surrounding "The Merchant of Venice," addressing the ubiquitous anti-Semitism that characterized Europe in Shakespeare's time.
Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt
1. Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt
October 12, 2018
Helen Hunt explores "Much Ado About Nothing," an exquisite comedy of comparison and contrast, including what the ultimate "ado" about "nothing" really means.
Description

Shakespeare Uncovered is a television series that explores the works of William Shakespeare in the context of Shakespeare's history and modern performances. Notable actors, directors, and scholars are interviewed over the course of six episodes about their work with Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare Uncovered offers insights into how the plays were originally written and performed by Shakespeare and his company, and why they are still performed today.

Each episode of Shakespeare Uncovered is narrated by a notable modern practitioner of Shakespeare's works, including David Tennant, Ethan Hawke, and Trevor Nunn. Each episode examines a different play, or genre of plays, including Macbeth, Ricard II, Henry IV (parts 1 and 2), Henry V, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Episodes include sample scenes and backstage looks at the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe (London), and the American Shakespeare Center.

In addition to modern productions of the plays, Shakespeare Uncovered examines the historical and literary conditions in which Shakespeare wrote. The series generally argues that William Shakespeare helped establish the modern theatre four centuries ago by adapting other literary works, writing prequels to well known stories, rebooting other writers' characters, and incorporating contemporary politics into his work. Parts of Shakespeare's biography, including his family and professional lives, are also considered in relation to his craft in writing plays.

Notable Shakespeare scholars Stephen Greenblatt, Gail Kern Paster, and Stanley Wells, Abigail Rokison, and Rene Weis served as the project advisory board for Shakespeare Uncovered. Some of the more noteworthy performers interviewed include Judy Dench, Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood, and Ian McKellan. Film, television, and radio adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are also examined, from the early twentieth century through the present.

Shakespeare Uncovered was produced by Blakeway Productions, 116 Films, and THIRTEEN in association with Shakespeare's Globe, and first aired on June 19th, 2012. Each episode of Shakespeare Uncovered runs for sixty minutes.

Shakespeare Uncovered is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on January 25, 2013.

Where to Watch Shakespeare Uncovered

Shakespeare Uncovered is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Shakespeare Uncovered on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV and PBS.

  • Premiere Date
    January 25, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (265)