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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: The Comedies With Joely Richardson

Shakespeare's Globe Theater, London, Britain, July 14, 2009.
Courtesy of Rex Features
Shakespeare's Globe Theater, London, Britain, July 14, 2009.

Airs Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

In a unique series of six films debuting on PBS, SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays specially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

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View a series of playbills for SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, featuring "Macbeth," The Comedies, "Richard II" and "The Tempest."

"The Comedies With Joely Richardson" - In this episode, Joely Richardson investigates (with her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies and the great comic and romantic heroines created by Shakespeare in two perennially popular plays, "As You Like It" and "Twelfth Night."

Video clips and past episodes from this series are available for online viewing.


"Richard II With Derek Jacobi" airs Friday, February 8 at 9 p.m.

"Henry IV & Henry V With Jeremy Irons" airs Friday, February 15 at 9 p.m.

"Hamlet With David Tennant" airs Friday, February 22 at 9 p.m.

"The Tempest With Trevor Nunn" airs Friday, March 1 at 9 p.m.

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