Your Guide, Declan McHugh, has spent 40 years studying and researching William Shakespeare, and is especially knowledgeable about Shakespeare's London life. He will take you to hidden, beautiful places In London connected to Shakespeare. His passionate and knowledgeable words will summon up for you Shakespeare's life in his London: his friends, the places he knew, his work, his language, even his intriguing love-life! You walk in William Shakespeare's footsteps NORTH of the river Thames. You will be shown many memorials to Shakespeare including statues, plaques, busts, and even a 20 foot (7 metre) aluminium totem pole incorporating one of his greatest speeches! Plus - the icing on the cake - Declan, is a former professional actor and delivers some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches - just for you...
On this 2 hour walking tour you will visit some of the few areas of Tudor London that have survived to this day. We will guide you through the City of London, stopping regularly to delve into different aspects of the life and works of the world’s most famous playwright. Your guide will also recite some of Shakespeare’s greatest works along the way.Your expert guide and actor will guide you through the city highlighting the nooks and crannies of Tudor and medieval London that Shakespeare would have been familiar with. During the tour you will learn about the 16th and 17th century London that helped shape some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, and see the locations that inspired some of the most famous speeches ever to have been written. You will pass church locations Shakespeare knew and see where adaptations of Shakespeare’s 37 plays have been performed countless times.
Sean and Beverly Lincoln are a happily married English couple, who are also the creators of a hit British TV show. Their life seems complete. That is until a hugely powerful and charismatic US network president persuades them to move to Los Angeles to recreate their show for American television. Things begin to unravel as soon as Sean and Beverly arrive in LA. It soon becomes clear that the network president has never even seen their show. To make matters worse, he insists that they replace their brilliant lead actor, an erudite Royal Shakespeare veteran, with… Matt LeBlanc!
This classic of Sixties British cinema charts the story of Del (Del Walker), a young apprentice, and his 15 year-old girlfriend Irene (Anne Gooding) who have no money and nowhere to go. Angry and frustrated, they go in search of fun and freedom and turn to 'Bronco Bullfrog' who is fresh out of borstal and living an independent lifestyle. Powerful and authentic, this fascinating record of the then-emerging suedehead subculture, largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from east London, is released in a fully remastered presentation with an array of exciting extras. Extras: Everybody's an Actor, Shakespeare Said (1968, 30 mins): Platts-Mills documentary charts Joan Littlewood's theatre work with the teenagers who would star in Bronco Bullfrog Joan Littlewood interview (1968, 21 mins): the formidable and outspoken theatre director discusses her career Seven Green Bottles (Eric Marquis, 1975, 35 mins): a cautionary tale of seven young delinquents, played by non-professional actors Cast and Crew: Director Barney Platts-Mills (Hero, Private Road) Cast Anne Gooding, Del Walker
(Del Walker), a young apprentice, and his 15-year-old girlfriend Irene (Anne Gooding) have no money and nowhere to go. Angry and frustrated, they turn to 'Bronco Bullfrog - fresh out of borstal and living an independent lifestyle - for a taste of fun and freedom. Powerful and authentic, this fascinating record of the then-emerging suedehead subculture, largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from East London, is released here in a fully remastered High Definition presentationExtra Features: Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition Director approved High Definition transfer from the original negative Everybody's An Actor, Shakespeare Said (1968, 30 minutes): Platts-Mills' documentary charts Joan Littlewood's theatre work with the teenagers who would star in Bronco Bullfrog. Joan Littlewood interview (1968, 21 minutes): the formidable and outspoken theatre director discusses her career Seven Green Bottles (Eric Marquis, 1975, 35 minutes): a cautionary tale of seven young delinquents, played by non-professional actors Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays, photographs and film credits.
MOTHER ENGLAND MEETS FATHER TERROR! Having made their mark on American horror cinema with three colourful adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum and Tales of Terror – Vincent Price and director Roger Corman enjoyed a brief hiatus from the macabre author with Tower of London. Shot in black and white, the film was loosely based on the Universal horror picture of the same name as well as two Shakespeare plays: a dash of Macbeth and a dollop of Richard III. Price plays Richard of Gloucester, brother to a dying king and eager to take his place on the throne. When he is overlooked in favour of their sibling, the Duke of Clarence, things take a murderous turn. Richard goes on a murderous rage, only for the ghosts of those he has slain to return from the grave and haunt him… Less well-known than the Poe movies, Tower of London is no slouch. Price relishes the opportunity to flex his Shakespearean muscles, just as he would eleven years later with Theatre of Blood, and Corman works wonders, as usual, with his low budget. If you’ve ever wondered what a drive-in Shakespeare film would look like, you’re in the right place! SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand-new audio commentary by Vincent Price’s biographer David Del Valle and Tara Gordon, daughter of actor-screenwriter Leo Gordon Interview with director Roger Corman Producing Tower of London, an archive interview with producer Gene Corman Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Julian Upton
Peter Ackroyd's insightful new biography positions Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, Ackroyd not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Walk with Ackroyd through sixteenth century London and Stratford as he uncovers the intimate circumstances of Shakespeare's life. Discover the theatrical world in which Shakespeare had his being, not just Shakespeare the actor but the other actors, playwrights, and managers that surrounded him. And journey to Stratford to meet Shakespeare the family man, whose private life had such an impact on his work that the strongest bond in his plays is always between father and daughter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Callow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000029/bk_rhuk_000029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A visionary adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, one of Orson Welles’s greatest films, presented in two versions. Gloriously cinematic despite its tiny budget, Othello, directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), is a testament to the filmmaker’s stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth. Unmatched in his passionate identification with Shakespeare’s imagination, Welles brings his inventive visual approach to this enduring tragedy of jealousy, bigotry, and rage, and also gives a towering performance as the Moor of Venice, alongside Suzanne Cloutier (Juliette, or Key of Dreams) as the innocent Desdemona, and Micháel Macliammóir (Tom Jones) as the scheming Iago. Shot over the course of three years in Italy and Morocco and plagued by many logistical problems, this fiercely independent film joins Macbeth and Chimes at Midnight in making the case for Welles as the cinema’s most audacious interpreter of the Bard. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New, restored 4K digital transfers of two versions of the film, the 1952 European one and the 1955 U.S. and UK one, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks Audio commentary from 1995 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel Filming Othello, Welles's last completed film, a 1979 essay-documentary Return to Glennascaul, a 1953 short film made by actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards during a hiatus from shooting Othello New interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow Souvenirs d' Othello, a 1995 documentary about actor Suzanne Cloutier by François Girard New interview with Welles scholar François Thomas on the two versions New interview with Ayanna Thompson, author of Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race and Contemporary America Interview from 2014 with scholar Joseph McBride PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien