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  • Mar 30 2:00 pm
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    Macbeth with Ethan Hawke
    Ethan Hawke invites viewers to join him in his quest to play Shakespeare's murderous Thane of Cawdor by uncovering the true story that served as inspiration, immersing himself in some of the most memorable and innovative productions and discovering Shakespeare's extraordinary insights into the criminal mind. (Part 1 of 6)
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  • Mar 31 2:00 pm
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    The Comedies with Joely Richardson
    Joely Richardson investigates (with her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies and the great comic and romantic heroines created by Shakespeare in two perennially popular plays. (Part 2 of 6)
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  • Apr 1 2:00 pm
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    Richard II with Derek Jacobi
    Derek Jacobi returns to a role he played 30 years ago, coaches actors at the Globe in aspects of the play, reveals why it could have cost Shakespeare his life -- and shares some of the extraordinary modern political parallels within the play that still resonate as dictators are deposed. Also featured are notable excerpts from the upcoming GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation starring Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart.
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  • Apr 2 2:00 pm
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    Henry IV & Henry V with Jeremy Irons
    Jeremy Irons (who stars as Henry IV in the upcoming new GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation) uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare's "history plays," from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare created. He discloses what Shakespeare's sources were - and how he distorted them. He invites the viewer behind the scenes at the filming of some of the most important sequences in the new GREAT PERFORMANCES adaptations of both plays, starring Irons, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.
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  • Apr 3 2:00 pm
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    Hamlet with David Tennant
    An acclaimed Hamlet himself in the RSC's recent hit production (and another recent GREAT PERFORMANCES production), David Tennant meets with fellow Hamlets, including superstar Jude Law, comparing notes on the titanic challenge of playing the most iconic of all roles. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to master the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered the greatest of Shakespeare's works.
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  • Apr 23 9:00 am
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    Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt
    Explore this exquisite comedy of comparison and contrast, as well as what the ultimate "ado" about "nothing" really means, with the Academy Award-winning actress. Much Ado About Nothing is one of 15 plays that Shakespeare set in Italy.
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  • Apr 23 2:00 pm
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    The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham
    Shakespeare probably never met a Jew. Three centuries before The Merchant of Venice was written, England became the first country in medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population. Abraham addresses the ubiquitous anti-Semitism that characterized Europe in Shakespeare's time. Comparing Shylock to the stock Jewish villain of the day, the episode looks at the efforts over the years, for better or worse, to treat him more as a victim and rescue Shakespeare from any taint of anti-Semitism. (Part 2 of 6)
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