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Happy Birthday Shakespeare! Here is Patrick Stewart with a few words …

Today marks the day that is widely agreed to be Shakespeare’s Birthday, when he entered the world in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England in 1564 (451 years ago).

Whether ’tis nobler to not question the validity of this date or staunchly stand our ground and say there ’tis no evidence of this, other than his being given unto God by his mater and pater on April 26, 1564 (baptised), we cannot say forsooth.  But ‘zounds!  The greatest Bard that doth live’d deserves a day of cheer and goodwill, methinks, and today is as good a day as any!

It also sadly marks the day that Shakespeare died, again in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1616, aged 52.  And for that we do have plenty of evidence, because he’d become somewhat better known by then.

To catch anyone up who may not know the story, in between these two rather important dates, he would leave Stratford-Upon-Avon, head off to London, tread the boards for a while, dash off a couple of dozen plays and even more poems, become the part owner of his own theatre company and several theatres besides, get work commissioned by the Queen, and then have his whole company sponsored by the subsequent King – which gave them the moniker “The King’s Men” – the ultimate in Royal approval, ending up as one of the most celebrated playwrights and theatrical entrepreneurs of the day (and, ultimately, in history as a whole).

So … to mark this happy day and with no further ado, here is Sir Patrick Stewart, one of our favourite current Shakespeareans, with his “Soliloquy on B” …

Ah yes, the Bard is duly celebrated and all is right with the world … Happy Shakespeare Day, everyone!

VIDEO: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered (Part 3)

Happy Valentine’s Day aftermath, everyone!  In keeping with our “love letter to acting”, and as promised, here is the final instalment of Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered.

We wanted to share this documentary from BBC’s Omnibus series about highly respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister and his Oscar® Nominated performance as “King George III” in the acclaimed film The Madness of King George, for a couple of reasons.  Nigel has special significance to ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean, as he was her Honorary Patron in the early days of her production company, before his passing in 2001.  This documentary was shot in 1999 while Nigel was preparing for his most demanding stage performance – that of the title role in the RSC’s Anglo/Japanese production of King Lear – at age 70.  Inspiring for all actors, this is a must-see for those who feel the clock is ticking on their career in regards to success – with some fascinating insights into the acting business, the balance between private and professional life and acting itself.

Part 1 can be seen here, and Part 2 is here.

VIDEO: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered (Part 2)

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  In keeping with our “love letter to acting”, here is the next instalment of Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered.

We wanted to share this documentary from BBC’s Omnibus series about highly respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister and his Oscar® Nominated performance as “King George III” in the acclaimed film The Madness of King George, for a couple of reasons.  Nigel has special significance to ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean, as he was her Honorary Patron in the early days of her production company, before his passing in 2001.  This documentary was shot in 1999 while Nigel was preparing for his most demanding stage performance – that of the title role in the RSC’s Anglo/Japanese production of King Lear – at age 70.  Inspiring for all actors, this is a must-see for those who feel the clock is ticking on their career in regards to success – with some fascinating insights into the acting business, the balance between private and professional life and acting itself.

Part 1 can be seen here, with Part 3 being added tomorrow.

VIDEO: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered

Happy Valentine’s Day week everyone!  In keeping with the theme of this week (love of others, love of our craft), here is a intriguing documentary about one of our favourite actors: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered.

We wanted to share this documentary from BBC’s Omnibus series about highly respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister and his Oscar® Nominated performance as “King George III” in the acclaimed film The Madness of King George, for a couple of reasons.  Nigel has special significance to ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean, as he was her Honorary Patron in the early days of her production company, before his passing in 2001.  This documentary was shot in 1999 while Nigel was preparing for his most demanding stage performance – that of the title role in the RSC’s Anglo/Japanese production of King Lear – at age 70.  Inspiring for all actors, this is a must-see for those who feel the clock is ticking on their career in regards to success – with some fascinating insights into the acting business, the balance between private and professional life and acting itself.

Parts 2 & 3 to come in the next couple of days.