The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0769 Saturday, 24 November 2007
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2007
Subject: Complete Shakespeare on BBC
"BBC to Air All 37 Shakespeare Plays"
Published: Nov. 18, 2007 at 4:03 PM
LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The BBC is embarking on an ambitious project to
produce new versions of all 37 of Shakespeare's plays over the next 12
years, employing an ensemble cast.
The BBC originally presented Shakespearean works 30 years ago in a
widely heralded seven-year series.
This time around, the BBC enlisted Oscar-winner Sam Mendes to produce
the entire series. Among the notable stars being called upon to act in
the Bard's plays are Judi Dench, Jude Law, Ian McKellen and Kate
Winslet, The Sunday Telegraph reported Sunday.
"The moment I took the idea to the BBC, they grasped it with both hands,
and in a sense they are the only people who could help pull it off,"
BBC is discussing a joint finance deal for the series with HBO.
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