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Complete Shakespeare on BBC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0769  Saturday, 24 November 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Saturday, November 24, 2007
Subject: 	Complete Shakespeare on BBC

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Entertainment/2007/11/18/bbc_to_air_all_37_shakespeare_plays/8121/

"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," 
Mendes said.

BBC is discussing a joint finance deal for the series with HBO.

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