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Leonardo Dicaprio: 'Shakespeare Would Love Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet'

The Australian filmmaker helmed a modern day version of Shakespeare’s tragic love story about two star-crossed lovers in 1996, with Leonardo and Claire Danes in the title roles. Twenty years on and the film is...

Ian Mckellen To Be Honoured At U.k. Theatre Awards

The Lord of the Rings star will receive the outstanding contribution to British Theatre prize at the U.K. Theatre Awards on 9 October (16). In addition to his roles in Hollywood films, Ian has...

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

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...

Rufus Wainwright's Shakespeare Hint

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...

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

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...

Florence Welch Performs Shakespeare Sonnet

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...

Sir Ian Mckellen Hosting Richard Iii Inspired Bus Tours

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...

British Stars To Honour William Shakespeare On Death Anniversary

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...

Sir Kenneth Branagh Named Patron Of Shakespeare On Screen Programme

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...

Kenneth Branagh To Be Honoured By London Critics' Circle

The Thor director will receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, which is named after the late British author and critic, during an awards ceremony at The May Fair Hotel in...

Andrea Riseborough Drops Out Of London Stage Production

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...

Sam Waterston's The Tempest Causes A Storm Among Critics

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...

Sir Ian Mckellen Defends Film Roles

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...

Sir Kenneth Branagh Explains Scale Of Cinderella Challenge

Sir Kenneth Branagh found making 'Cinderella' as intimidating as tackling a William Shakespeare production.The 54-year-old director is responsible for the new Disney movie production of the classic fairytale and insists he can't distinguish between 'Cinderella'...

Lily James Believes In True Love

Lily James believes in ''true love''.The 25-year-old actress stars in the Sir Kenneth Branagh-directed version of 'Cinderella', playing the central character alongside Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, and insists she believes in the film's...

Mike Tyson Eyes Shakespearean Role

Mike Tyson hopes to broaden his acting repertoire by starring in a Tv version of William Shakespeare's Othello.The boxing icon has previously made cameo appearances in The Hangover franchise and Scary Movie 5, but he...

Mark Harmon Developing Tv Series About A Young William Shakespeare

Actor Mark Harmon is developing a Tv series based on William Shakespeare as a young man.The Ncis star will serve as a producer on Shakespeare's Sisters, which will centre on the young Bard as he...

Stars To Study Shakespeare In New Tv Show

Morgan Freeman, Kim Cattrall and Joseph Fiennes are among the stars who have signed up to study the works of William Shakespeare in a new documentary series.The show, titled My Shakespeare, will feature celebrity hosts...

Tony Awards 2014: What We Know About The Award Ceremony So Far

The Tony Awards always promises to be a night of drama, stirring songs and as many celebrities as it is physically possible to pack into the Radio City Music Hall, New York. As it's always...

Gory New Titus Andronicus Production Leaving Fans Sick

A new production of William Shakespeare's gruesome play Titus Andronicus left theatre fans fainting in the aisles when it debuted last week (ends04May14).The production from director Lucy Bailey shocked audiences when it was first put...

Tim Robbins Taking William Shakespeare Play To China

Actor Tim Robbins is heading to China with his Los Angeles theatre group to perform William Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night's Dream in Beijing and Shanghai.The Shawshank Redemption star will direct the Actors' Gang production...

With 'Hamlet', Benedict Cumberbatch Could Become Stage Great

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Hamlet on the London stage next year, in what could become the making of the quintessentially British actor. The 37-year-old will star in William Shakespeare's classic tragedy at the...

Kevin Spacey To Release Film Of Global Richard Iii Project

Kevin Spacey's global trip performing an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Richard Iii is to be released on film.The House of Cards star portrayed the villainous king in a London theatre production of Shakespeare's play two...

Marion Cotillard Struggles With William Shakespeare For Macbeth Role

French actress Marion Cotillard was shocked to be offered a leading role in a new big screen adaptation of Macbeth because she struggled to understand William Shakespeare's classic text.The La Vie en Rose star will...

Ethan Hawke's Macbeth Savaged By Critics

Actor Ethan Hawke has felt the wrath of America's theatre critics - they have savaged his turn as William Shakespeare's tragic king Macbeth on the New York stage.The Training Day star tackles the gruelling role...

Ben Kingsley Warns Schools To Promote William Shakespeare

Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley is worried students are no longer interested in the works of William Shakespeare because they do not get the chance to see his plays performed.The Gandhi star insists more needs...

Hailee Steinfeld Believes In Love

Hailee Steinfeld believes in love at first sight.The 'Romeo & Juliet' actress has revealed she is a true romantic at heart.The 16-year-old Oscar-nominee told People magazine: ''It's easy to see someone and think they're a...

Hailee Steinfeld On 'Awkward' Kissing Scenes

Hailee Steinfeld finds kissing scenes ''awkward''.The 'Romeo and Juliet' actress stars opposite Douglas Booth in the new adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, and she admitted both dying and locking lips on screen were challenging...

Julian Fellowes Outrages Critics By Rewriting William Shakespeare

Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has been criticised for altering the words of William Shakespeare.The creator of hit British drama Downton Abbey came under fire when he was accused of rewriting lines in his adaptation of...

Daniel Radcliffe Wants William Shakespeare Role

British actor Daniel Radcliffe is determined to put his reservations aside to tackle a William Shakespeare play and hopes he will one day land the title role in Hamlet.The Harry Potter star is no stranger...

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