Shakespeare is all the rage these days with The Hollow Crown playing to large audiences in the U.K. and Russell T Davies‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream forthcoming. It’s been 400 years since the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil, leaving behind a literary legacy unparalleled in the English language. It’s that legacy that’s on display in the BBC’s The Shakespeare Show, which comes to U.S. cinemas only on Monday, May 23. (Tickets can be purchased here.) Former Doctor Who co-stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate co-host the event and lead an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Tennant clearly loves his Shakespeare, having played Hamlet, Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing (opposite Tate), and, most recently, Richard II on stage all within the past decade. We have an exclusive clip from The Shakespeare Show of Tennant putting his Scottish burr to good use while performing a monologue as Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
And, just for a giggle, here are Tennant and Tate on BBC AMERICA’s The Graham Norton Show being quizzed about Much Ado About Nothing: