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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Marcel Stewart is a fast-rising star in the Toronto theatre scene. Right now you can find him on the Soulpepper stage giving a lovely, vulnerable performance in the company’s fabulous production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size.
Marcel’s done a lot of Shakespeare for students, so he knows his way around the popular-with-teachers texts. First among those ubiquitous plays is probably Macbeth, a script so familiar it’s constantly in need of reinvention. Looking at the play with reinvention top of mind, Marcel lays out his vision of the famous tragedy reflected through the lens of hip hop culture (a particularly appropriate choice considering the company he’s been keeping lately).
Get your tickets to The Brothers Size HERE. It’s wonderful; don’t miss it.
Matthew Edison on Hamlet
Lauren Horejda on The Merchant of Venice
Jessi McCarthy & Owen Schmitt on Timon of Athens
James Graham on King Lear
Nicanor Campos on Cymbeline
Scott Garland on As You Like It