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In a unique series of six films, Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts – Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant – to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Follow this link to view the six films presented in this series.

In addition to the Shakespeare Uncovered series, Great Performances recently presented a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping plays, known as the Hollow Crown series. They are: Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V. The films – chronicling a bloody tale of family, politics and power — tell the rise and fall of three Kings and how their destiny shaped English history.

Order the complete Hollow Crown series here.

Visit the Shakespeare events page for information on upcoming Shakespeare-related events.

Videos Celebrating Shakespeare’s Legacy in the Mid-South

Shakespeare and Animals

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Animals show up all through Shakespearean literature – in dialogue and as characters. One of the most famous scenes in Shakespeare’s plays involves a bear on the stage. Dan McCleary, Founder and Artistic Producing Director of Tennessee Shakespeare Company tours the Memphis Zoo to talk about animals in Shakespeare’s writings with Matt Thompson- Director of Animal Programs at the Zoo. Check out these awesome photos of animals auditioning for Shakespeare parts.

The origins of "It's Greek to me"





Dan McCleary explains where the expression "It's Greek to me" originated before introducing Nick Poplos. Nick explains the tradition of orthodox Greek dancing as dancers at the annual Greek Festival demonstrate.


“The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man”
Costume Exhibit




One of the coolest things as part of our Shakespeare project, was to partner with Tennessee Shakespeare Company to create a beautiful Shakespearean Costume Exhibit – “The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man”. If you missed the exhibit, join us on this virtual tour with Dan McCleary, founder and producing artistic director of Tennessee Shakespeare Company.


Explanation of the origins of “salad days”




Many of our popular expressions come directly from Shakespeare’s writing. Dan McCleary, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and chef/author Jennifer Chandler explain the origins of “salad days”.


Shakespeare and Beer




Food and drink are common themes in Shakespeare’s writings. You can find references to beer, ale, wine and more in many of Shakespeare’s plays. Drink is used in celebrations, to heal a wound, to rouse the spirit, to make us laugh, and even, as in Hamlet, to kill.


Shakespeare and food




One of the recurring elements in William Shakespeare’s plays is food. You probably know the famous line from Twelfth Night: “If music be the food of love, play on.” It begins the play. But Shakespeare goes beyond that, frequently using food as a metaphor for his world and his characters. Much of what he alludes to still lives with us.


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Follow this link for information about Dan McCleary and Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Follow this link to order cookbooks by Jennifer Chandler

Download Jennifer Chandler's Caesar Salad Recipe

Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project's lead foundation sponsor,
the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt,
the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.

Major funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, Vivian Milstein, Rosalind P. Walter,
the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Joseph A. Wilson, Jody and John Arnhold, The Agnes Varis Trust, and PBS.

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