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The Shakespeare collection [DVD] : The acclaimed BBC TV series. Series 2
The Shakespeare collection [DVD] : The acclaimed BBC TV series. Series 2
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In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and televison directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.Henry V : In the third play portraying England's most admired national hero, Henry V unites his people, invades France, deals with traitors and cements the peace by marrying the Princess of France. The play examines the qualities that make a ruler successful and also the isolation and responsibility that leadership entails.Henry IV, part one : These are troubled times for King Henry. His son, Prince Harry acts more like a rogue than royalty, keeping the company of drunken highway robber Falstaff and other shady characters. Meanwhile, from the north come rumours of a rebellion led by the son of the Percy family, the valiant Hotspur.Henry IV, part two : Prince Harry's father figures are ageing. While the King frets about the Prince's lifestyle, Falstaff continues to make merry. But there are serious matters afoot. Prince John has to lead the King's army against an uprising and Hal is forced to reassess his attitude to responsibility as his father grows increasingly sick. ... this production assuredly charts the transformation of the Prince. It reflects the play's darker and more intimate focus, but contrasts it with colourful scences from Falstaff's Eastcheap as well as the bucolic Gloucestershire of Shallow and Silence.Hamlet: Derek Jacobi's portrayal of the Prince of Denmark is often seen as the benchmark for performances of the most complex of all Shakespearian characters. The Los Angeles Times reported: "The stage belongs to Jacobi and in a performance that grows as he plays it, he's a Hamlet you will not soon forget."The Tempest: The quality cast of this production helps bring to life the magic and intrigue of a tale of spirits, sorcery, monsters and maidens and shipwrecked, scheming noblemen. In what is regarded as his final sole-authored play, Shakespeare, at the height of his powers, deftly explores the contrasting themes of control and power, illusion and reality and nature and society.Twelfth night: Perhaps the most popular of Shakespeare's comedies, Twelfth Night considers the nature of love: true love, self-love and friendship. This star-filled production won great acclaim for its energy and for its inclusion of the play's often overlooked darker elements.
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