Join STC and like-minded fans of the Bard for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Dr. Drew Lichtenberg gather online with special guests each week to discuss a new topic and allow audiences the opportunity to ask questions live.
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Week 27, November 25: The Best of Shakespeare Hour LIVE!
It’s the week of Thanksgiving and this year, we have been super thankful for Shakespeare Hour LIVE! Now 26 episodes in, Shakespeare Hour LIVE! has officially been airing for half a year. Resident Dramaturg Dr. Drew Lichtenberg and Line Producer Grace Ann Roberts will be live co-hosting The Best of SHL!, looking back at clips from some of the best moments of the past episodes, sharing behind-the-scenes stories, and answering your questions live. Revisit some of your favorite appearances from actors F. Murray Abraham, Dame Helen Mirren, and Sam Waterston; directors Madeline Sayet and Whitney White; Shakespearean scholars Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper and James Shapiro; journalist Maureen Dowd; and more!
Episode 27 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Marcy Butler and Ryan Compton.
Additional support for Episode 27 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! provided by Margaret C. Jones.
Week 28, December 2: Shakespeare Icons: Des McAnuff
Welcome to a new series titled Shakespeare Icons. In Shakespeare Icons, we will highlight the stories and careers of some of the brightest stars in American classical theatre, Broadway, and the performing arts at large. It is our honor to kick this series off with Des McAnuff, award-winning director and producer of classical and new works in the US, UK, and Canada.
Guest: Des McAnuff (Former Artistic Director, Stratford Festival; Former Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse; Tony, Olivier, and BAFTA Award-winning director and producer)
Week 29, December 9: Shakespeare’s Villains
In anticipation of our upcoming digital production of All The Devils Are Here, join special guest Patrick Page as he delves in to all of Shakespeare’s most conniving, dastardly villains with Drew. In the spirit of our episodes on Shakespeare’s Clowns and Shakespeare’s Heroines, this episode will explore the wide-ranging characteristics of the Bard’s bad guys.
Guest: Patrick Page (STC Affiliated Artist; Othello, The Tempest, Hamlet, Coriolanus; Tony Award nominee, Hadestown; The Lion King)
Week 30, December 16: Shakespeare Icons: Keith David
For our 30th episode, we continue Shakespeare Icons with Keith David, an Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee whose innumerable credits include stage, film, television, and voice-over.
Guest: Keith David (OWN’s Greenleaf; 21 Bridges, The Princess and The Frog; Broadway: Seven Guitars, Jelly’s Last Jam)
Week 31, January 13: Shakespeare Icons: Dianne Wiest
Shakespeare Hour LIVE! continues into 2021 with special guest, Academy and Emmy Award winner Ms. Dianne Wiest. Shakespeare Icons highlights the stories and careers of some of the brightest stars in American classical theatre, Broadway, and the performing arts at large.
Guest: Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and Her Sisters, In Treatment; Broadway’s All My Sons; Theatre for a New Audience, Classic Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre)
Week 32, January 20: West Side Story
Following our recent episode on Shakespeare & Musicals, we visit the most ambitious of Shakespeare musical adaptations: West Side Story. Beloved since its Broadway debut in 1957, West Side Story continues to captivate audiences today, with a recent Broadway revival and major motion picture slated to release in 2021. Due to popular demand, we’ll be exploring all facets of this musical theatre mainstay, from its all-star team of Bernstein, Robbins, Laurents, and Sondheim to its groundbreakingly operatic score, to its Americanizations, modifications, and controversial updates to its Shakespearean source material: Romeo & Juliet.
Week 33, January 27: Hamlet
There are all of Shakespeare’s plays, and then there is Hamlet, the “poem unlimited,” a work of “infinite jest, of most excellent fancy,” a work that “holds the mirror up to nature.” It is the single most quoted and most performed of Shakespeare’s works, provider of its most iconic scene (the Prince holding Yorick’s skull) and also subject of the most frenzied speculation. Was Shakespeare inspired by the death of his son Hamnet? Or of his father? Did Shakespeare play the Ghost of Hamlet’s father? And does the play tell us, as Stephen Greenblatt has argued, about the nature of Shakespeare’s own religious beliefs? There is something in this play that is endlessly mysterious, and this is your chance to have all of your questions answered. Though we briefly discussed Hamlet in our second episode of Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, we figured it was time to give Shakespeare’s tragedy an hour of its own.