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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville talks about the enduring appeal of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."
Courtesy of Andrea Southam
Hugh Bonneville talks about the enduring appeal of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

Airs Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Season two of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED features six episodes combining history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Hugh Bonneville, Christopher Plummer, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Kim Cattrall and Joseph Fiennes — to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Bonneville at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Courtesy of Andrea Southam
Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Bonneville at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville" - 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. In this episode, he revisits the theatre where his love for Shakespeare blossomed and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal. Interviews include David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.

Video clips and past episodes from this series are available for online viewing. SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED is on Facebook, and you can follow @shakespearepbs on Twitter. Hugh Bonneville is on Facebook, and you can follow @hughbon on Twitter.

Hugh Bonneville and Ralph Fiennes on Performing Shakespeare

"Bonneville started his career at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park

Hugh Bonneville on Shakespeare's Poetic Forms

Hugh Bonneville discusses how Shakespeare uses poetic from to instruct the actors on how to play their role in a scene.