Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Tim Minchin, Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, Paapa Essiedu and Meera Syal head a glittering line up of stars for Shakespeare Live! from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon, Saturday April 23.

By Catherine Vonledebur

Just down the road from Rugby in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare Live! from the RSC will be broadcast live on BBC Two on April 23, from 8.30pm and screened live to cinemas in the UK, including Cineworld Rugby, and around the rest of the world.
It features performances of some of the greatest dramatic scenes ever written, played by some of our greatest actors, as well as songs, comedy, dances and music celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy.
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Dame Judi Dench. Picture by RSC.
The show is directed by Gregory Doran, hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate and features appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Paapa Essiedu, Rufus Hound, Meera Syal, Helen Mirren, Henry Goodman, Joseph Fiennes, Tim Minchin, Ian McKellen, Al Murray, Sanjeev Bhaskar, the cast of Horrible Histories, Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare), English National Opera, Orchestra of the Swan, The Royal Ballet and The Shires.
The show will be broadcast live on BBC Two on 23 April, from 8.30pm and will be screened live to Picturehouse cinemas in the UK and Europe, and around the rest of the world by BBC Worldwide.
Tickets are not on sale for this performance in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as there are a very limited number of seats in the auditorium, due to the presence of multiple television cameras.
Shakespeare Live! will be shown at Cineworld Rugby on Saturday April 23 at 8.15pm.
To find an alternative cinema closer to you go to rsc.org.uk/shakespeare-live-from-the-rsc
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Tim Minchin, who wrote the score for the RSC’s Matilda the Musical. Picture by the RSC.
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Paapa Essiedu in rehearsals for Hamlet, 2016. Picture by the RSC.
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Joseph Fiennes as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida (1996). Picture by the RSC.
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Ian McKellan as King Lear, Courtyard Theatre, 2007. Picture by the RSC.

 

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David Tennant as Richard II in 2013. Picture by the RSC.

 

 


Celebrate Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon 23rd to 24th April. There will be a huge festival to celebrate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. Here are a few photographs of previous celebrations to give an idea of what to expect. 

Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare. Picture by Jamie Gray.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK. Saturday 26th April 2014. A carnival procession and other activites marked the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. Members of the Tudor World exhibit in the town centre of Stratford.
Stratford-upon-Avon,  26th April 2014. Photograph by Jamie Gray.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK. Saturday 26th April 2014. A carnival procession and other activites marked the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. A huge moving statue of Lady Godiva moved through the crowds.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,  2014. A huge moving statue of Lady Godiva moved through the crowds. Photograph by Jamie Gray
Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Morris Dancers. Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Morris Dancers celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare.

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