'Shakespeare Uncovered' Series Premiere

Jan 28, 2015

Fri. Jan. 30 9-11pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | In this series, star hosts including Morgan Freeman, Kim Cattrall, Joseph Fiennes, Hugh Bonneville, David Harewood and Christopher Plummer each explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. 

Hugh Bonneville talks about the enduring appeal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Credit Courtesy of Andrea Southam / 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. on A Midsummer Night's Dream with Hugh Bonneville, who began 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, reflects on the play's enduring appeal with Fiennes.

Christopher Plummer on West Beach, Massachusetts.
Credit Courtesy of Andrea Southam / PBS

Then at 10:00 p.m. take a look at King Lear with Christopher Plummer, who first played the title role in 2002 under the direction of Jonathan Miller. He explores how the play may have been staged in Shakespeare's time and talks about playing the king with Ian McKellen.

More Chances to Watch
A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville
Sat. Jan. 31 at 9pm on WKAR World  
Mon. Feb. 2 at 1am on WKAR World  
Mon. Feb. 2 at 3am on WKAR-HD
Mon. Feb. 2 at 9am on WKAR World 
​Mon. Feb. 2 at 3pm on WKAR World 

King Lear With Christopher Plummer
Sat. Jan. 31 at 3am on WKAR-HD 
Mon. Feb. 2 at 4am on WKAR-HD 
Mon. Feb. 9 at 1am on WKAR World 
Mon. Feb. 9 at 9am on WKAR World 
​Mon. Feb. 9 at 3pm on WKAR World