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In Love with Shakespeare

Alternative title
Shakespeare Shorts
Celebrated actors recite a selection of Shakespearean speeches. The pieces were chosen by each actor as their particular favourite and have been filmed to celebrate the work of organisations and charities including Shakespeare Country, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Simon Callow recites ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends,' from Henry V. Catherine Tate’s chooses Hermione’s speech ‘Sir, spare your threats,' from The Winter’s Tale. Jonathan Pryce enacts Hamlet’s celebrated ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy and Samuel West performs a speech from Richard II: ‘No matter where; of comfort no man speak’. Stephen Campbell-Moore’s speaks Mark Anthony’s funeral oration from Julius Caesar, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears." John Simm’s chosen passage is from Hamlet, Act II, scene ii: ‘Oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I,' . Robert Lindsay performs Edmund’s ‘Why "bastard"?' speech from King Lear. Richard Madden’s chosen passage is the declaration of war from the ‘tennis ball scene’ in Henry V. Janie Dee and Colin Hurley perform extracts from As You Like It: the Countess of Roussillon’s soliloquy, and the comic duologue in Act II, Scene ii, with Dee as the Countess and Hurley as her clown servant Levache. Anthony Head reads Cardinal Wolsey’s monologue from Henry VIII, Act III Scene ii: ‘So farewell to the little good you bear me.' Emilie Head performs a monologue from Romeo and Juliet.

A 30 minute film, broadcasting all the speeches, was transmitted 28 May 2011. The individual monologues were then broadcast throughout May and June on both Sky Arts 1 and 2.
Great Britain
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
May 2011 (Channel: Sky Arts 1 HD)
5 mins each monologue
No archive copy or distributor known.


Joe Stephenson
Anthony HeadCardinal Wolsey
Catherine TateHermione
Colin HurleyLavatch (a clown)
Emilie HeadJuliet
Janie DeeCountess of Roussillon
John SimmHamlet
Jonathan PryceHamlet
Richard MaddenKing Henry V
Robert LindsayEdmund
Samuel WestKing Richard II
Simon CallowKing Henry V
Simon Campbell-JonesMark Antony

Additional Details

Production type
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


Transmission dates of individual programmes with named actors not known.

Production Company


B Good Picture Company

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