Apr 13
2016

Benedict Cumberbatch and Helen Mirren are among a wealth of theatre stars to join the line-up for a live TV broadcast marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare Live! From the RSC will be broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring theatrical performances of his works and other pieces inspired by them. Anne Marie Duff, Simon Russell Beale and Antony Sher have now signed up to take part in the show, which as previously announced will be hosted by David Tennant. Also joining the already-confirmed stars Judi Dench and Ian McKellen are David Suchet, Harriet Walter and Rory Kinnear, in addition to Roger Allam, Pippa Nixon, John Lithgow and Alexandra Gilbreath.

Confirmed performances include Rufus Hound and Henry Goodman singing Brush Up Your Shakespeare from the Taming of the Shrew-inspired musical Kiss Me Kate, as well as a rendition of Tonight from West Side Story by musical theatre students from around the UK, which will be choreographed by Will Tuckett. The cast of CBBC show Horrible Histories will also take part in the broadcast, alongside musical comedian Tim Minchin, Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Swan. Shakespeare Live! From The RSC will be directed by Gregory Doran, and will air on BBC2 on April 23 at 8:30pm. It will also be broadcast live to more than 350 cinemas nationwide.

Apr 01
2016

Helen Mirren has been a guest on The Charlie Rose Show to promote the theatrical release of “Eye in the Sky” in the United States. You can stream her appearance below.

Nov 01
2015

Today, they are at the centre of British cultural life and among our greatest exports – the acting dames, an exclusive club of stage and screen greats who were honoured for their services to drama. But, lurking in the BBC archives – from long before their talents were recognised by royal decree – we find the early work and some career defining moments of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren. David Tennant narrates the story of our dames of classic drama, from a golden age of British television drama. “Dames of Classic Drama” airs on BBC Four on November 8, 20:00.

Aug 28
2015

They are the finest actors of their generation, dominating stage and screen for fans of a certain age. BBC Four is to harness the artistic might of Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Caine, and Dame Maggie Smith for a new season starring Britain’s “theatrical knights and dames”. The BBC will delve into its own archives for the best bits of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Diana Rigg and Dame Judi Dench, featuring interviews and performances from their heyday. The programme will go out over two one-hour episodes, to showcase the best of British drama. It is expected to include clips from stage, film and television, as well as the most candid interviews of their careers. A spokesman for the channel said: “Recognised by royal decree for their extraordinary achievements on the stage, many of our finest acting Knights and Dames have displayed their talents regularly on BBC Television throughout their careers and have helped earn Britain an enviable reputation as a superpower in the theatrical world.”