25 November 2017
With the help of some of the best and brightest Shakespeare fans in the world, we’re diving deep into 38 plays in 35 episodes (Henrys IV & VI only get one episode a piece; sorry, Bill). In every episode of The Shakespeare Series, I’ll be joined by a different guest (or guests) to discuss a different play in the canon- from the big picture to the tiniest nerdy detail. We have guests lined up who’ve appeared in title roles on the biggest national stages and others who’ve played messengers in 20-person houses; actors, directors, scholars, and even a stage manager, calling in from Stratford, Manila, Boston, Berlin, New York, Niagara, Newfoundland, Washington DC and, of course, Toronto. Every one of them knows their stuff and every one of them was chosen for exactly one reason- a big, bold, unapologetic love of the bard.
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MyTheatre Award-winning actor and Howland Company founding member James Graham was in the very first production of King Lear I ever saw. He was 16 years old and playing the role of Edgar in a weird hyper-modern smorgasbord of a high school show. More than a decade later, he seemed like the perfect person to discuss both his favourite play and mine. Ever the perfectionist, he had the text on hand for reference and a hundred thoughtful insights ready to answer my nerdily detailed questions about arguably Shakespeare’s most lauded epic and its many possible interpretations.