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        Shakespeare’s Words and Phrases

        This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores how Shakespeare uses language in his works. This gallery includes examples from Hamlet, Henry V, Macbeth, Richard II and The Tempest and features actors and scholars discussing and debating the meaning of Shakespeare’s words. The videos highlight the way in which different phrases can have varied meanings, and illustrate how Shakespeare’s words come to life when read aloud. The collection also includes a video segment that shows where Shakespeare gained inspiration for his writing and one that raises questions about what version of Hamlet contains Shakespeare’s original text.

        Exploring the Dagger Scene | Shakespeare Uncovered

        In this segment Ethan Hawke seeks help from fellow actor Richard Easton to understand the "dagger" soliloquy in Macbeth. They discuss the meaning of words and how to interpret and approach this particular speech. Hawke notes that a certain magic happens when lines are read aloud.

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        Tomorrow Speech

        This video segment examines one of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies, which Macbeth delivers after hearing of his wife's death.

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        The Quartos and the Folio

        David Tennant and British Library curator Tim Pye explore three different versions of Hamlet-- one in the “bad” quarto (the first and shortest version), one in the “good” quarto (the second version), and one in the First Folio (a collection of Shakespeare’s plays).

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        The Rest is Silence

        This segment explores Hamlet’s final speech. Actors David Tennant and Jude Law reflect upon possible meanings of the phrase “the rest is silence” and professor Marjorie Garber discusses the importance of Hamlet’s request for Horatio to tell his story.

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        We are Such Stuff

        This video explores the speech in <em>The Tempest </em>that Prospero delivers to Miranda and Ferdinand after stopping their marriage ceremony. The segment highlights the double meaning of the phrase “the great globe itself” and examines the line “We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

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        We Band of Brothers

        This video explores the St. Crispin’s Day Speech which Henry V delivers on the morning of the Battle of Agincourt in Henry V. Trevor Nunn reads from the sourcebook that inspired Shakespeare to write the speech, and illustrates how Shakespeare used the source material as a springboard for his writing

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        The Deposition Scene

        This video provides an analysis of what Richard II is thinking as he renounces his crown and gives power to the victorious Henry Bolingbroke. It highlights the “deposition scene” from Richard II, exploring its tone and words, and features a script reading and rehearsal of the scene.

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        Now Doth Time Waste Me

        Richard II reflects upon his life while imprisoned in Pontefract Castle. The video provides an analysis of Richard II’s speech in his prison cell and addresses his identity crisis and his ultimate realization after having renounced the crown – he is not a king, but merely a man.

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        Funder: Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project’s lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.
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