How to Read, Watch and Write About Plays: The Tempest

Writer Daniel Rosenthal discusses the various ways to analyse and engage with Shakespeare’s The Tempest in three different stages: reading, watching and writing about the play.
Interview
(2017)

Lyric 360

This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Documentary
(2017)

Play Writers: Michael Frayn with Daniel Rosenthal

In intimate detail, Michael Frayn describes how his research process unfolds when writing a new piece work, with particular reference to his historical plays Copenhagen, Democracy and Afterlife.
Interview
(2017)

Play Writers: Willy Russell with Daniel Rosenthal

Willy Russell shares what he has learnt about what it takes to write a play with fascinating insight into his own life and career. He explores several of his key works in vivd detail, including Educating Rita, and gives a reading from Shirley Valentine.
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice: an Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Davies

Writer Andrew Davies, best-known for adapting some of literature’s greatest novels for television, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, discusses the cinematic potential of language and the process of bringing words to life on screen.
Andrew Davies - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice: An Interview with Writer Lee Hall

British writer Lee Hall discusses the processes for creating some of his most popular works, such as the ground-breaking radio drama Spoonface Steinberg, the play of The Pitmen Painters based on the Ashington Group, and the film and musical adaptation of Billy Elliot.
Lee Hall - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

Talking About Plays... Kindertransport: An Interview with Diane Samuels

Diane Samuels takes an in-depth look at her award-winning play Kindertransport, exploring how real-life people and experiences helped to inspire its creation, and considers the importance of telling female stories.
Interview
(2017)

The Shakespeare Series | Part 1: Gender

Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of gender with reference to Julius Caesar and As You Like It.
Interview
(2017)

The Shakespeare Series | Part 2: Love

Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of love and sex with reference to Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Interview
(2017)

The Shakespeare Series | Part 3: Family

Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of family with reference to Macbeth, King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Interview
(2017)

The Shakespeare Series | Part 4: Conflict

Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of conflict with reference to Titus Andronicus, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Interview
(2017)

An Interview with... Imtiaz Dharker

In this interview, Imtiaz Dharker provides an invaluable perspective on life as a poet. From the creation of images to the influence of other writers, Dharker explores the meaning of poetry and the inspiration for her writing.
Interview
(2016)

Theatre Lives: Imelda Staunton

“The writer is the thing. Sometimes I feel that I haven’t really earned the accolades – I didn’t write it, I’m only saying it out loud really. But when those big parts come along you do have a huge responsibility, and I will rise to that because I am my worst critic... So it's exhausting doing theatre, but wonderful.”
Imelda Staunton
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice: Ben Crystal on Shakespeare and Original Practice

Having studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, Ben has written extensively on Shakespearean language and recently staged the first reading of Macbeth in original pronunciation for four centuries, with his Shakespeare Ensemble.
Interview
(2016)

Talking About Plays... Jerusalem: An Interview with Ian Rickson

Ian Rickson, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, tells of his collaborative relationship with Butterworth, being thankful to lead actor Mark Rylance, and how recces to the shires helped to inform the atmosphere of the play. He explains the challenges of translating such a richly spiritual text into physical performance and the essentiality of trust amongst a theatre company, particularly when staging new writing.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... The Accrington Pals: An Interview with Rebecca Gatward

Director Rebecca Gatward shares her experience of having twice-directed Peter Whelan's 1981 play. She explores the characters' origins in Whelan's own family history, the beauty of prose akin to working class poetry, and how the text lends itself so well to today's political landscape.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Playing Juliet: Ellie Kendrick

Ellie Kendrick played Juliet in Dominic Dromgoole's 2009 production, staged at Shakespeare's Globe.

Ellie shares how she thinks Shakespeare was able to write a teenage girl so accurately and how interrogating the text revealed Juliet as a much more radical and gothic character.

Actor Ellie Kendrick discusses taking on one of Shakespeare's most famous female leads, Juliet Capulet
Interview
(2014)

Arthur Miller Documentary

In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.

BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: David Tennant on Hamlet

In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law.
BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Jeremy Irons on The Henrys

In Henry IV and Henry V, Jeremy Irons (who is playing Henry IV in the new BBC films) uncovers the extraordinary appeal of Shakespeare's History Plays. He unravels the differences between the real history and the drama that Shakespeare creates. He discovers what William's sources were - and how he distorts them!

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Joely Richardson on Shakespeare's Women

Shakespeare Uncovered: In Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Joely Richardson investigates (with a major contribution from her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of the two great comedies and the great comic heroines created by Shakespeare in those hugely popular plays.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Trevor Nunn on The Tempest

Director Trevor Nunn looks at the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play, The Tempest. Trevor finds out where Shakespeare got his material from and the strange personal insights hidden within it. It is a truly experimental work but sadly perhaps also Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre. 

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary