The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0297  Friday, 13 July 2012


From:        Louise Machin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         July 13, 2012 7:15:49 AM EDT

Subject:     New DVD: Shakespeare’s Sonnets


For Release 20 July 2012 by Illuminations

Shakespeare’s Sonnets 


Illuminations, with Touch Press, Faber and Faber and The Arden Shakespeare, present an exclusive DVD release, Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Released alongside the acclaimed iPad app, The Sonnets by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets features specially filmed performances of every Sonnet by a star-studded cast of 42 actors and Shakespearean experts, including Sir Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall, David Tennant, Simon Russell Beale, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Dame Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Stephen Fry, and poets Don Paterson and Sir Andrew Motion. Other prominent experts on Shakespeare include Professor James Shapiro and voice coach Cicely Berry.


The mysteries and marvels of Shakespeare's Sonnets are revealed as never before in these vivid, compelling and accessible performances.

The DVD also includes a beautiful 24-page booklet featuring every actor, a listing of Sonnets performed by that actor, photograph, and biography.


DVD information

Price: £14.99 including VAT / length: 180 minutes / format: PAL Region 0

Shakespeare’s Sonnets DVD is available from,, Amazon, Moviemail and other good retailers.


The Sonnets by William Shakespeare for iPad is available from the iTunes App Store for £9.99.


Illuminations is a producer and publisher of television, films and DVDs about the arts and performance. Recent productions include Hamlet (2009) with David Tennant, Macbeth (2010) with Patrick Stewart, and Being Shakespeare (2012) with Simon Callow. Gregory Doran’s Julius Caesar with the RSC will be released on DVD in September 2012.


For more information contact Louise Machin on 020 7288 8409 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors:


Faber and Faber ( is one of the great independent publishing houses in London, with no fewer than twelve Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize-winners among its authors.


Touch Press ( is a London-based digital publisher who UK and US founders have a distinguished track record of interactive software development. Their launch title, The Elements for iPad, has become an international publishing phenomenon, selling over 280,000 copies.


The Arden Shakespeare ( is the long-running and pre-eminent publisher of editions of Shakespeare's work for scholars and general readers.


Louise Machin


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