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Critics Torn Over Rufus Wainwright's Performance Tribute To Shakespeare's Sonnets


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Rufus Wainwright has divided opinion with a recent performance of his new album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets', a celebration in the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, which took place at the Church of St John-at-Hackney in London this week.

Rufus WainwrightRufus Wainwright does Shakespeare

It's not the first time the singer-songwriter has put the words of Shakespeare to music. 'Sonnet 10', 'Sonnet 20' and 'Sonnet 43' all appear on his 2010 album 'All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu' and he even worked with Michael Kamen on 'Sonnet 29' ('When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes') on the 2002 compilation 'When Love Speaks'. This, 'Take All My Loves', though, is his first major tribute to the legendary English writer and features readings from Carrie Fisher, Helena Bonham Carter and William Shatner, as well as singing prowess from Florence Welch and Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska, with instrumentation from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Prince Charles Visits Stratford-on-Avon On The 400th Anniversary Of The Death Of William Shakespeare.

Charles Prince of Wales - Prince Charles visits Stratford-on-Avon on the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare - Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom - Saturday 23rd April 2016

Prince Charles, Charles Prince Of Wales and William Shakespeare
Prince Charles, Charles Prince Of Wales and William Shakespeare
Prince Charles, Charles Prince Of Wales and William Shakespeare
Prince Charles, Charles Prince Of Wales and William Shakespeare
Prince Charles, Charles Prince Of Wales and William Shakespeare
Prince Charles, Charles Prince Of Wales and William Shakespeare

Rufus Wainwright's Shakespeare Hint


Rufus Wainwright Kate Mcgarrigle William Shakespeare

Rufus Wainwright revealed his mum used a Shakespeare sonnet as a subtle hint to say she knew he had been masturbating.

The 42-year-old American-Canadian singer-songwriter is dedicating his latest album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets' to Shakespeare's greatest works, working with numerous stars including Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Helena Bonham Carter and Florence Welch.

But music aside, Shakespeare proved to be a useful tool used by his late mother - folk singer Kate Mcgarrigle - when she used the famous poems to teach him a lesson whilst he was going through puberty.

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From 'Romeo + Juliet' To Macbeth: 11 Of The Best William Shakespeare Adaptations In Cinema History


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To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the world's most renowned playwright William Shakespeare, we reflect on the best interpretations of his work that have ever hit the big screen. From all Kenneth Branagh's flawless performances to Baz Luhrmann's brave modern adaptation, these are simply the best moments of Shakespeare in cinema.

Henry V'Henry V' was Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut

1. Henry V (1989): Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut and a career he never looked back from since, 'Henry V' was followed by 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Hamlet' and 'Love's Labour's Lost'. Branagh has starred in every Shakespeare film he's directed apart from 'As You Like It', and directed every Shakespearean film he's ever starred in apart from 'Othello'. 'Henry V' won Best Costume Design at the Oscars, with nominations for Best Director and Actor.

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Florence Welch Performs Shakespeare Sonnet


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The Florence + The MAChine star has recorded a sonnet by the revered British playwright for Rufus' new project, which marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Actors Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, and Sian Phillips, and singers Anna Prohaska and Rufus' sister Martha Wainwright have also contributed to the album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets.

Rufus reveals it was a joy to work on the collection, especially as he got to reunite with producer Marius de Vries.

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Sir Ian Mckellen Hosting Richard Iii Inspired Bus Tours


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The X-Men star will give tours of London locations featured in his 1995 film Richard III.

"I've always thought it might be fun to take a bus tour around the sites of Richard III," he says. "You would watch snippets of the film sitting in the coach and then arrive at the actual location and see it."

The bus tour will be part of the BFI Presents Shakespeare on Film project, which will run throughout April and May (16).

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British Stars To Honour William Shakespeare On Death Anniversary


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David will host a live U.K. TV gala celebrating the life and work of Shakespeare in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, England on 23 April (16), the day on which the Bard was born and died.

The Shakespeare-based variety show, organised by the BBC and The Royal Shakespeare Company, will feature stars including Dame Judi and Ian as David pays tribute.

Joseph Fiennes, who played the literature icon in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare In Love, will also appear at the event alongside musicians and dance groups.

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Sir Kenneth Branagh Named Patron Of Shakespeare On Screen Programme


Kenneth Branagh William Shakespeare

The Thor director and bosses at the movie agency will work together to present William Shakespeare productions throughout the year-long project. The first productions announced include a feature film, two shorts from all-female filmmaking teams, three animations and a documentary centring on the playwright's enduring screen legacy, according to BroadwayWorld.com.

"Much of my work has involved bringing Shakespeare to the stage and the screen, so I'm looking forward to working with Film London as their patron for Shakespeare on Screen," he says. "Storytellers at every stage of their careers continue to draw from the playwright's work, so it is fitting that this project - through an ambitious series of brand new commissions - showcases emerging and established talent alike. It is a pleasure to be involved with a project which aims to bring his work to countless new audiences, inspiring as many people as possible along the way."

Branagh recently launched his own theatre company and kicked off a year-long residency at London's Garrick Theatre in October (15) with an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, in which the revered actor returned to the stage in the British capital for the first time since 2008, alongside Dame Judi Dench.

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Andrea Riseborough Drops Out Of London Stage Production


Andrea Riseborough William Shakespeare

The Birdman star was due to return to the London stage for the first time in seven years to portray Rosalind in the National Theatre's production of the classic play, set to open in November (15).

However, Riseborough, who lives in the U.S. with her artist partner Joe Appel, has now withdrawn from the show citing "personal reasons", according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

She has been replaced by stage actress Rosalie Craig.

Sam Waterston's The Tempest Causes A Storm Among Critics


Sam Waterston William Shakespeare

The former Law & Order star leads the cast of the production at New York City's outdoor Delacorte Theater in Central Park as wizard Prospero opposite Jesse Tyler Ferguson as jester Trinculo, but the show landed lacklustre reviews following its opening on Tuesday (16Jun15).

The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz gave the play just one star out of five, and labelled it "stubbornly unengaging", adding, "The excitement plunges at least five fathoms when Waterston shows up in the lead role... (He) is the show's marquee attraction, but he's also one of its greatest impediments, thanks to halting line readings that leach all musicality from Shakespeare's language. But he's not alone in making a hash out of the script."

Marilyn Stasio of Variety also criticised Waterston's performance, deeming him too "likeable", adding, "The Tempest and Central Park were made for each other, so it must have taken a Herculean effort... to drain Shakespeare's most mysterious play of all its magic... This plodding production lacks the power of enchantment... Waterston is doomed to play nice guys. He's thoroughly likable at the end of the play."

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Sir Ian McKellen Defends Film Roles


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Sir Ian McKellen has defended his roles in 'X-Men' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.

The 76-year-old actor, who reprised his role as the powerful mutant Magneto in 2014's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and played the great wizard Gandalf in the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films, dismissed people who disapproved of him playing the roles, saying the films are ''about something that matters'', as are Shakespeare's plays which are what critics seem to think he should be starring in.

He explained: ''It's all work. We're not slumming it. It's Tolkien, that's all. It strikes me as a bit odd that people seem to think there's something wrong with it. I can write a good defence of the 'X-Men' movies and culture that wouldn't be far from a defence of the plays of Shakespeare. They're all about something that matters.''

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The Opening Night After Party At Gallagher's Steak House For The Theatre For New Audience Production Of 'William Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline''

William Shakespeare - Emily Young and Bryce Pinkham New York City, USA - The opening night after party at Gallagher's Steak House for the Theatre For New Audience production of 'William Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline'' Sunday 16th January 2011

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Carlos Santana and William Shakespeare - Carlos Santana and his fiance Cindy Blackman at Metropolitan Hotel London, England - London, England - 30.09.10" Thursday 30th September 2010

Carlos Santana and William Shakespeare

Kim Cattrall Out And About Wrapped Up For The Cold In A Macintosh Coat And Beanie Hat. Cattrall Is Playing Cleopatra At The Liverpool Playhouse In The William Shakespeare's Production Of 'Anthony And Cleopatra'

Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare Thursday 30th September 2010 Kim Cattrall out and about wrapped up for the cold in a Macintosh coat and beanie hat. Cattrall is playing Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse in the William Shakespeare's production of 'Anthony and Cleopatra' Liverpool, England

Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare
Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare
Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare
Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare
Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare
Kim Cattrall and William Shakespeare

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Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy and William Shakespeare Monday 18th May 2009

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