(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/24; an earlier version of "Being Shakespeare' was entitled, 'The Man From Stratford,' as in the above video clip.)

We've had some fine one-man shows about Shakespeare from John Gielgud, Ian McKellen and Michael Pennington. But Simon Callow's is among the very best, partly because it is performed with such silvery authority and grace, and partly because is skilfully written by Jonathan Bate, so that the plays and poems are used to provide a portrait of both Shakespeare and his age.


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