Shakespeare's life and work are sometimes romanticized as a product of the golden age of Elizabeth I. But the bard produced some of his finest plays after the Virgin Queen's death. In this ... See full summary »

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James Shapiro James Shapiro ...  Himself - Presenter 3 episodes, 2012
Greg Hicks Greg Hicks ...  King Lear / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Kelly Hunter ...  Goneril / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Dora Thornton Dora Thornton ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2012
Peter Barber Peter Barber ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2012
Pauline Croft Pauline Croft ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2012
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Shakespeare's life and work are sometimes romanticized as a product of the golden age of Elizabeth I. But the bard produced some of his finest plays after the Virgin Queen's death. In this illuminating BBC series, American scholar James Shapiro examines the plays Shakespeare wrote during the turbulent reign of Elizabeth's successor, King James I. One of the new king's first official acts was to name Shakespeare a "king's man." Overnight, the dramatist attained security, prestige, and an up-close view of the Jacobean court. Shapiro convincingly argues that the dark, complex plays of Shakespeare's last decade--King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest, among others--mirrored both royal life and the era's profound social changes. Visiting sites that Shakespeare would have known, scouring archives, and consulting leading historians, literary experts, and directors, Shapiro reveals a Shakespeare we've never seen. "As accomplished a storyteller as he is a scholar" (Radio Times, U.K.), James ...

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January 2012 (USA) See more »

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