01 June 2020
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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Dion Johnstone is my favourite classical actor in the whole world. A Stratford veteran who’s worked all over North America, he won Supporting Actor in the very first year of our theatre awards for his performance in The Tempest and was one of the first major artists I ever interviewed. He was at the top of my list when thinking of people to talk to for the Shakespeare Series and when we were able to work the timing out he happened to be deep in a run as Brutus with Groundling & Crow’s Theatre so he naturally chose Julius Caesar as the play he wanted to discuss.
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
Marcel Stewart on Macbeth
Ted Witzel on All’s Well That Ends Well
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey on The Winter’s Tale
Eli Ham on Henry V