Episodes cast for
"Playing Shakespeare" (1982) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1
Year: 1982


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Two Traditions

29 July 1982
Contrasting Shakespeare's elevated language with modern naturalistic speech.
John Barton ... Himself
Mike Gwilym ... Himself

Sheila Hancock ... Herself
Lisa Harrow ... Herself

Alan Howard ... Himself

Ben Kingsley ... Himself

Ian McKellen ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 2: Using the Verse

5 August 1982
John Barton and company examine blank verse. Its strengths and particularities are discussed in great detail. Members of the cast try out various readings.
John Barton ... Himself

Sinéad Cusack ... Herself

Sheila Hancock ... Herself
Lisa Harrow ... Herself

Alan Howard ... Himself
Jane Lapotaire ... Herself

Ian McKellen ... Himself
Michael Pennington ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself
Michael Williams ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 3: Language and Character

12 August 1982
John Barton and the cast discuss how Shakespeare defines his character by the language they speak, and how the characters attempt to achieve their aims by means of what they say and how they say it.
John Barton ... Himself

Sinéad Cusack ... Herself

Stephen Fry ... Himself (archive footage)
Lisa Harrow ... Herself

Alan Howard ... Himself

Ben Kingsley ... Himself

Hugh Laurie ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Pennington ... Himself

Roger Rees ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself
Michael Williams ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 4: Exploring a Character

19 August 1982
John Barton, Patrick Stewart, and David Suchet explore different ways to play Shylock in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice".
John Barton ... Himself

Susan Fleetwood ... Herself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 5: Set Speeches and Soliloquies

26 August 1982
John Barton and members of the RSC present a workshop on how Shakespeare used the soliloquy to directly connect the character with the audience.
John Barton ... Himself
Tony Church ... Himself

Sinéad Cusack ... Herself

Judi Dench ... Herself

Susan Fleetwood ... Herself

Sheila Hancock ... Herself
Lisa Harrow ... Herself

Alan Howard ... Himself
Jane Lapotaire ... Herself
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Herself
Richard Pasco ... Himself
Michael Pennington ... Himself

Donald Sinden ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 6: Irony and Ambiguity

2 September 1982
John Barton and the RSC actors consider the subtle shadings produced by irony, ambiguity and sarcasm, and how best to express them.
John Barton ... Himself
Tony Church ... Himself

Susan Fleetwood ... Herself
Mike Gwilym ... Himself

Alan Howard ... Himself

Ben Kingsley ... Himself
Jane Lapotaire ... Herself
Richard Pasco ... Himself
Michael Pennington ... Himself
Norman Rodway ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 7: Passion and Coolness

9 September 1982
Hamlet's advice to the players is the best-known acting instruction in theatrical history. John Barton and the RSC actors explore this essential mandate to be both natural and intellectual.
John Barton ... Himself
Tony Church ... Himself

Susan Fleetwood ... Herself
Mike Gwilym ... Himself

Sheila Hancock ... Herself
Lisa Harrow ... Herself

Ben Kingsley ... Himself
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Herself
Michael Pennington

Donald Sinden ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 8: Rehearsing the Text

16 September 1982
John Barton and the actors analyze a scene from Twelfth Night, identifying pointers towards character and staging.
John Barton ... Himself

Judi Dench ... Herself
Richard Pasco ... Himself
Norman Rodway ... Himself
Michael Williams ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 9: Poetry and Hidden Poetry

23 September 1982
The bard's unparalleled poetry is celebrated and examined in its glory.

Peggy Ashcroft ... Herself
John Barton ... Himself
Lisa Harrow ... Herself

Alan Howard ... Himself

Ben Kingsley ... Himself

Ian McKellen ... Himself

Donald Sinden ... Himself

David Suchet ... Himself

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