Shakespeare TV alert for tonight, includes ‘Downton Abbey’ hook

Image of the The modern, reconstructed Globe Theatre. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
The modern, reconstructed Globe Theatre. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Why wasn’t this in my many Channel 13 emails that always include reminders to donate money but not a word that Lord Grantham was going to talk about being Ralph Fiennes understudy.

At 9 and 10 p.m. today (Jan. 30, 2015) Channel 13 airs back-to-back episodes of “Shakespeare Uncovered.” (Check listings for your local PBS station).

According to the NYTimes:  Actors and directors tour some of Shakespeare’s greatest works in this series, which begins a second season. Hugh Bonneville, who began his career at the Open Air Theater in Regent’s Park in London understudying Ralph Fiennes  as Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” goes to see the play on Midsummer Night at the Globe Theater. There he speaks with the artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole, and the actor David Walliams.   looks back at performances by James Cagney and Helen Mirren and settings by the directors Peter Brook and Julie Taymor; and offers some musings of his own.

At 10, Christopher Plummer takes on “King Lear,” a role he has played to acclaim under the direction of Jonathan Miller, by delving into the play’s history, pondering how the storm scenes might have been produced at Shakespeare’s own theater and looking at some alternate endings. Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale share their insights as well.


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