As April 23rd approaches, there are many celebrations for the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life! As a tribute, Channel 13 (aka PBS) is honoring his work! He was such an instrumental and important person, both in terms of literature and theatre…and well, so many other things.
We at the Theatre Guild are so proud of our founder, Lawrence Langner, creating The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, CT. While it is currently not open, many lovely plays were showcased there—such as The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing, both starring Katharine Hepburn. And my (Philip) mother played in As You Like It at Westport Playhouse—so one could say that Shakespeare runs deep in the family roots!
No writer is more celebrated than The Bard and if you need any reasons why, just check out some of the Shakespeare inspired and/or written shows Channel 13 will be presenting over the next 10 days!
The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is being observed throughout the world in April 2016 with celebrations of the great English playwright and poet (April 1564 – April 23, 1616) and his many works. THIRTEEN celebrates with the premiere of Shakespeare’s Tomb, a new documentary about Shakespeare’s final resting place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and encores of favorite broadcasts. See the six installments of Season Two of Shakespeare Uncovered (Fridays beginning April 8) and three of Shakespeare’s history-based plays in the Great Performances series “The Hollow Crown” – Richard II and Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (April 22 & 23).
CHANNEL 13 Lineup:
Friday, April 22
- 9-10 pm: Shakespeare Uncovered: Antony & Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall
- 10-11 pm: Shakespeare Uncovered: Romeo & Juliet with Joseph Fiennes
- 1:30-2 am: Theater Talk: Professor James Shapiro on Shakespeare
- 2-4:30 am: Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 1
- 4:30-7 am: Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 2
Saturday, April 23
- 1-4 pm: Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: Richard II
- 4-5 pm: Shakespeare’s Tomb
Sunday, April 24
- 4-5 am: Shakespeare Uncovered: Antony & Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall
- 5-6 am: Shakespeare Uncovered: Romeo & Juliet with Joseph Fiennes
- 11:30-noon: Theater Talk: Professor James Shapiro on Shakespeare
Go to their website to learn more!
Philip & Marilyn
PS—for a bit of fun, PBS also has this quiz to see which Shakespeare character you are !