‘Shakespeare Live’ was an amazing treat. This is the show that was staged at Stratford Upon Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 April, and it was filmed live. It’s narrated by the adorable David Tennant, along with Catherine Tate who was his companion in Doctor Who. The cast is totally star-studded, with many familiar names, more familiar faces, and some very talented people I’d never seen before. As well as excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays there was wonderful ballet, music, and bits of other shows such as West Side Story, which have been inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. There were too many highlights to be able to choose, though Ian McKellan is always a favourite. The show lasted for more than two and a half hours, but never dragged. My eyes are feeling tired because I was glued to the screen, and never thought to look away. Surprisingly there were only seven people at the 2pm session. Where were all the rest of you? It’s showing at Sumner’s Hollywood, and at The Tannery, but only for a few more days, so you need to be quick.
“Shakespeare’s inspired so many shows
with all those words he did compose.”