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Six episodes tell the stories behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passions of celebrated hosts Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant.


Sundays on PBS North

January 27

1pm & 6pm on PBS North

Join Ethan Hawke in his quest to play Shakespeare’s murderous Thane of Cawdor.

The Comedies
2pm & 7pm on PBS North

Enjoy Joely Richardson’s investigation of Shakespeare’s heroines in two cross-dressing comedies.

February 3

Richard II
1pm & 6pm on PBS North

Find out from Derek Jacobi, who once played Richard II, why the play could have cost Shakespeare his life.

Henry IV & Henry V with Jeremy Irons
2pm & 7pm on PBS North

Join Jeremy Irons as he uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s “history plays."

February 10

Hamlet with David Tennant
1pm & 6pm on PBS North

Meet with David Tennant and fellow Hamlets who compare notes on the challenge of playing the iconic role.

The Tempest
2pm & 7pm on PBS North

Travel with director Trevor Nunn through the magical, mysterious world of the Bard’s last complete play.