Shakespeare Gets an Ovation

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Ovation TV, the cable network devoted to art and contemporary culture, will offer a Summer Shakespeare Festival beginning Aug. 16.
Shakespeare lovers can enjoy the following right in their own living room:

  • Twelfth Night: Aug. 16 at 8 PM ET — Directed by Trevor Nunn, this 1996 version of Shakespeare’s comedy stars Helena Bonham Carter as Olivia, Imogen Stubbs at Viola, Steven Mackintosh as Sebastian and Ben Kingsley as Feste.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream : Aug. 17 at 8 PM ET — This is Peter Hall and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1968 classic production, starring Diana Rigg as Helena and Helen Mirren as Hermia.

  • Richard III: Aug. 18 at 8 PM ET: This 1995 version stars Ian McKellen as Richard III with Annette Bening as Queen Elizabeth, Robert Downey Jr. at Lord Rivers, Kristin Scott Thomas as Lady Anne, Maggie Smith as the Duchess of York and Nigel Hawthorne as George, Duke of Clarence.

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Aug. 19 at 8 PM ET: Gary Oldman stars as Rosencrantz and Tim Roth as Guildenstern in the Tom Stoppard classic about two of Hamlet's minor characters.

  • Hamlet: Aug. 20 at 8 PM ET: This modern-day retelling is set in New York in the year 2000 and stars Ethan Hawke in the title role with Kyle MacLachlan stars as Claudius, Sam Shepard as the Ghost, Bill Murray as Polonius, Live Schreiber as Laertes and Julia Stiles as Ophelia.


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