'Shakespeare Uncovered' with Morgan Freeman & David Harewood

Jan 30, 2015

Fri. Feb. 6 at 9-11pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | The series continues, with hosts Morgan Freeman and David Harewood as each explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. 

Morgan Freeman sets out to understand how and why The Taming of the Shrew, one of the Bard’s first works, was written.
Credit Courtesy of Don Holtz / PBS

They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theater.

At 9:00 p.m. investigate with Morgan Freeman The Taming of the Shrew. He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old West and also talks with Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.

Then at 10:00 p.m. David Harewood, who in 1997 became the first black actor to star as Othello at London's National Theatre, explores the issues raised in the play and interviews Adrian Lester, Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.

David Harewood at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London.
Credit Courtesy of Andrea Southam / PBS

More Chances to Watch

The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman 
Sat. Feb. 7 at 2am on WKAR-HD 
Sun. Feb. 8 at 9pm on WKAR World  
Mon. Feb. 9 at 3am on WKAR-HD

Othello with David Harewood 
Sat. Feb. 7 at 3am on WKAR-HD 
Mon. Feb. 9 at 4am on WKAR-HD