Veja o festival BBC Shakespeare Lives online

Onde quer que esteja no mundo, pode desfrutar do festival online BBC Shakespeare Lives, até ao final de setembro 2016.

Pode assistir aos destaques referidos e a muito mais, no website do festival, com co-curadoria da BBC e do British Council.

Nota: em língua inglesa.

ShakespeareLives ESSAYs

The Shakespeare Lives team has commissioned a collection of thought-provoking essays by eminent writers from around the world - including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka - exploring Shakespeare’s relevance in contemporary society. 

  1. US Secretary of State John Kerry, As You Like It: the inspiration of comedy. Peace building, diplomacy and the strength of Rosalind in As You Like It. (USA)
  2. Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize for Literature winner, In the name of Shakespeare! The naming of Daesh, the power of language, and the ‘envenomed point’ in Hamlet. (Nigeria)
  3. Ahlem Mosteghanemi, the Arab world’s most popular writer, When Shakespeare thought I was Cleopatra. An imagined meeting between herself and Shakespeare, and the state of female power today. (Algeria)
  4. Playwright, director and actor John Kani, Apartheid and Othello. Being a black actor playing Othello during Apartheid, and racial integration in South Africa today. (South Africa)
  5. Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin, ‘A document in madness’: Do Indian women mirror Ophelia? The treatment of women in India today. (India)
  6. Profoundly deaf solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie, Listening to The Tempest: a tale to cure deafness. The Tempest and the act of listening. (UK)
  7. Choreographer Alissar Caracalla, Midsummer Night’s Djinn: Lord, what fools these mortals be! A Midsummer Night’s Dream and artistic expression in the face of adversity. (Lebanon) 
  8. Bestselling author Hong Ying, And all in war with Time for love of you. The Sonnets, the Cultural Revolution in China and freedom of expression/ sexuality. (China) 

You can read the essays on our Living Shakespeare page.

Five of these essays have been commissioned into short films being shown on BBC World Service:

  • Mon 5 Sep - John Kani 
  • Mon 12 Sep - Hong Ying 
  • Mon 19 Sep - Kalki Koechlin 
  • Mon 26 Sep - Evelyn Glennie 
  • Mon 03 Oct - Alissar Caracalla 
  • Sat 08 Oct - all five BBC films on BBC2 (TBC)

You can watch the films on the BBC Shakespeare Lives page.



Royal Shakespeare Company

David Tennant stars as the doomed Richard II in Greg Doran’s critically-acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company production, available for the first time online across the world.


Hay Festival

Through a mixture of new short films and the festival’s extensive archive top authors, actors, academics and thinkers including Stephen Fry, Germaine Greer and Dame Judi Dench explore Shakespeare, his works and his legacy.


British Film Institute

Sir Ian McKellen shares his unique insights into the problems and joys of interpreting Shakespeare for the theatre, television, radio and cinema.



Two of the greatest contemporary Hamlets, Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Lester discuss this most celebrated and challenging of roles. Their discussion of the Prince of Denmark fittingly takes place on Danish soil in the elegant surroundings of the ambassador’s residence in London. From Gielgud to Branagh, Olivier to Plummer, they explore the rich variety of approaches to a role to which so many actors aspire.


Set on a Peckham council estate, this short film, written and directed by Elliot Barnes Worrell celebrates Shakespeare’s timeless themes with a cast headed by Ralph Fiennes. Using only the words of Shakespeare, The Works explores the vast complexities that exist within a community of young Londoners who refuse to be defined by their circumstances.