Macbeth

William Shakespeare
Thought to have been first performed in 1606 as a response to the Gunpowder Plot against James I, and William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of power, ambition, witchcraft and murder.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Production
(2011)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre
1606

The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare’s shortest play and conforms to classical ideas of unity, with the action taking place in one location and on one day.

 

In a frenzy of wives, sisters, merchants and encounters with the law, Antipholus of Syracuse arrives in Ephesus with his sidekick Dromio, only to find himself in a whirlwind of confusion upon being mistaken for his long lost twin brother.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and produced by the RSC and Told by an Idiot
Production
(2009)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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1594

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Shakespeare combined theatricality, Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work.

 

On the eve of the wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta, four lovers find themselves at the mercy of the fairies in the Athenian woods. Interconnecting with a ramshackle group of players rehearsing a play for the celebrations, the stories and confusions interweave and finally resolve.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2013)
Audio Theatre
1595

Henry IV, Part 1

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are believed to have been written no later than 1597, and depict a span of history from 1402 to the crowning of Henry V in 1413.

 

Wracked by guilt and illness, King Henry IV fears for England’s future. The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, seems intent only on a life of debauchery. As war looms and the stakes increase, father and son struggle to face their destinies – and each other.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Henry IV - RSC 2015
RSC
(2014)
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LA Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre

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1596

Henry IV, Part 2

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are believed to have been written no later than 1597, and depict a span of history from 1402 to the crowning of Henry V in 1413.

 

Wracked by guilt and illness, King Henry IV fears for England’s future. The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, seems intent only on a life of debauchery. As war looms and the stakes increase, father and son struggle to face their destinies – and each other.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Henry IV - RSC 2015
RSC
(2014)
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LA Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre

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1597

Henry V

William Shakespeare

It is possible to accurately date the composition of Henry V to 1599, due to its allusion to the Earl of Essex. William Shakespeare takes Holinshed’s Chronicles as his source text, but the play diverges in its prominent use of the chorus figure.

 

King Henry V is encouraged to go to war with France, leading to the famous battle of Agincourt. Henry struggles under the strain of leadership but is ultimately victorious conquering France, as well as the French Princess.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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Henry V gets ready for battle
WillShake
(2015)
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Henry V - RSC 2015
RSC
(2015)
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1599

LIFT

Ian Watson
Eight people get in a LIFT at Covent Garden tube station on an ordinary morning. They're strangers, but in some way they are all connected...
LIFT © Darren Bell
Perfect Pitch
(2014)
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2013

Michael Collins on Gerald Finzi

HiBROW interviews the clarinettist Michael Collins about the 20th century British composer Gerald Finzi.
Michael Collins on Gerald Finzi
HiBROW
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Michael Collins on the Clarinet

HiBROW interviews Michael Collins about his relationship with his instrument, the clarinet.
HiBROW
Interview

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Othello

William Shakespeare

Counted among William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello draws on contemporaneous works about Venice and Turkey, as well as Giraldi Cinthio’s Gli Hecatommithi, and explores themes of race, jealousy and hatred.

 

Othello has secretly married Desdemona for love, much to the displeasure of her father. The jaded and malicious Iago harnesses the jealousy both enacted upon and harboured within Othello to sew the seeds of debilitating doubt in his marriage, with devastating consequences.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Dear Mister Shakespeare: inspired by Shakespeare's Othello
British Council
(2016)
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Othello - RSC 2015
RSC
(2015)
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1604

Perfect Pitch

From Up Here © Mark Yeoman
Perfect Pitch
(2012)
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LIFT © Darren Bell
Perfect Pitch
(2014)
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2006

Richard II

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s Richard II draws on Holinshed’s Chronicles, as well as Samuel Daniel’s verse history of the Wars of the Roses, with the notable addition of the garden scene.

 

Bullingbrook is banished by King Richard II – only to return with an army at his heels – in this twisting and tortuous take on how vanity, naivety and entitlement led to the betrayal and downfall of a misguided monarch.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Richard II - RSC 2013
RSC
(2013)
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1596

Richard III

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s history plays were written out of sequence, and Richard III was written before Richard II, its first printing describing it as a ‘tragedy’. Unusually, the play opens with a soliloquy from its protagonist.

 

The Wars of the Roses are raging and the Machiavellian Richard of York, Duke of Gloucester, is plotting to seize the throne from his brother, the undisputed King Edward IV.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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1592

T5

Dominic Hill, artistic director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, commissioned five staged readings; HiBROW captured the entire rehearsal process of all five plays, including this, T5, by Simon Stephens.
T5
HiBROW
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The Land of Yes and the Land of No

Rafael Bonachela
In collaboration with HiBROW, Rafael Bonachela of Sydney Dance Company rehearsed and performed The Land of Yes and the Land of No outdoors on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Land of Yes and the Land of No
HiBROW
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2009