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This series combines history, biography, iconic performances, analysis, and the personal passion of its hosts to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream with Hugh Bonneville #201 [TV-PG]
Hugh Bonneville started his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London's Regent's Park. He revisits the theatre and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal.

  • KET Friday, January 30 at 10:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, February 2 at 3:00 am EST
  • KET2 Wednesday, February 4 at 8:00 pm EST

King Lear with Christopher Plummer #202 [TV-PG]
Actor Christopher Plummer explores how King Lear might have been staged during Shakespeare's time. Acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.

  • KET2 Saturday, January 31 at 3:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, February 2 at 4:00 am EST
  • KET2 Wednesday, February 4 at 9:00 pm EST
  • KET Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 pm EST

The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman #203 [TV-PG]
Morgan Freeman sets out to understand how and why The Taming of the Shrew, one of the Bard's first works, was written. Interviews include Tracey Ullman, Sinead Cusack, and Julia Stiles.

  • KET Friday, February 6 at 10:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 7 at 2:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, February 9 at 3:00 am EST
  • KET2 Wednesday, February 11 at 8:00 pm EST

Othello with David Harewood #204 [TV-PG]
David Harewood unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout Othello. Interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles, and Patrick Stewart.

  • KET2 Saturday, February 7 at 3:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, February 9 at 4:00 am EST
  • KET2 Wednesday, February 11 at 9:00 pm EST
  • KET Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 pm EST

Antony & Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall #205 [TV-PG]
Kim Cattrall and Janet Suzman, both women who have played the role of Cleopatra, uncover the truth behind Shakespeare's "middle-aged" love story. Contributors include Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave.

  • KET Friday, February 13 at 10:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, February 16 at 3:00 am EST
  • KET2 Wednesday, February 18 at 8:00 pm EST

Romeo & Juliet with Joseph Fiennes #206 [TV-PG]
Joseph Fiennes, the star of Shakespeare in Love, examines why Romeo & Juliet remains the most adapted and performed of all of Shakespeare's works. Interviews include Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, and Stephen Sondheim.

  • KET2 Saturday, February 14 at 3:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, February 16 at 4:00 am EST
  • KET2 Wednesday, February 18 at 9:00 pm EST
  • KET Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 pm EST
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