All the world’s a stage. And last night that stage was “superbly” star-studded.
An impressive line-up of British greats performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to celebrate the Bard’s legacy 400 years to the day after his death.
Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant took to the stage, as did Ian McKellen, Judi Dench… and Prince Charles.
The 67-year-old, who is next in line to the throne, made a surprise appearance, masquerading as the Prince of Denmark during the sketch, which saw Cumberbatch, Tennant, McKellen, Dench, Tim Minchin, Harriet Walter, Rory Kinnear, and the RSC’s current Hamlet, Paapa Essiedu disagree over how to perform the iconic To Be or Not To Be soliloquy.
Prince Charles got the last word in the skit, which clearly impressed those who tuned into the BBC’s Shakespeare celebrations…
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The night, which fans dubbed “an absolute treat”, also featured performances from the likes of Catherine Tate, Rufus Wainwright, Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Meera Syal, Henry Goodman, Simon Russell Beale, David Suchet, Al Murray, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and Rufus Hound.
Sir Ian McKellen: pathos, gravitas, emotional truth. When words truly have power.#ShakespeareLive
— Dr Rob Cromarty (@DocCrom) April 23, 2016
#ShakespeareLive is an absolute treat – Judi Dench the cherry on the top.
— Thom Will (@thomwill) April 23, 2016
Catching up on #Shakespearelive from the RSC. Pretty bloody superb. Oh, and Catherine Tate, just gorgeous! x
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Shakespeare Live! is now available on BBC iPlayer