My Own Shakespeare

My Own Shakespeare

What does Shakespeare mean to us today ? Public figures from all walks of life talk about the piece of Shakespeare that inspires them most.The pieces are read by well known actors. These short features to be broadcast across Radio 3 and Radio 4 in May 2012. Each one is 2-3 minutes duration.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Radio Drama at 90 Julius Caesar 16 Feb 13

    Sat, 16 Feb 13

    Duration:
    12 mins

    The first radio drama, a scene from Julius Caesar, was broadcast 90 years ago. Now performed by Harriet Walter and Jenny Jules from Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Donmar Warehouse production. Introduced by Jeremy Mortimer

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Andrew Marr 22 May 12

    Tue, 22 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Broadcaster Andrew Marr chooses a speech from King Lear (Act 5 Scene 3) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader: David Warner.

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  • Shami Chakrabarti

    Tue, 22 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Lawyer Shami Chakrabarti chooses Isabella's speech from Measure for Measure (Act 2 Scene 2) as the piece of Shakespeare that inspired her most. Reader: Hattie Morahan.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Michael Portillo 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Broadcaster Michael Portillo chooses a speech from Troilus and Cressida (Act 3 Scene 3) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader Don Warrington.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Gyles Brandreth 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth chooses a speech from King Lear (Act 5 Scene 3) as the piece of Shakespeare that inspires him most. Reader: David Warner.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Martha Kearney 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Broadcaster Martha Kearney chooses an Oberon speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 2 Scene 1) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired her most. Reader: Don Warrington.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Jonathan Dimbleby 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby chooses a speech from Cymbeline as the piece of Shakespeare that inspires him most. Performed by Rory Kinnear and Don Gilet.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Neil MacGregor 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    British Museum Director Neil MacGregor chooses the opening Chorus from Henry V as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader: Rory Kinnear.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Melvyn Bragg 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg chooses a speech from King Lear (Act 3 Scene 2) as the piece of Shakeseare that has inspired him most. Reader: David Warner.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Charles Hazelwood 19 May 12

    Sat, 19 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Conductor Charles Hazelwood chooses a scene from Richard the Third (Act 1 Sc 4)as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired him most. Performed by Rory Kinnear and Don Gilet. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Jim Al-Khalili 19 May 12

    Sat, 19 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Scientist Jim Al-Khalili chooses Edmund's speech from King Lear (Act 1 Scene 2) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader: Rory Kinnear.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Kwame Kwei Armah 18 May 12

    Fri, 18 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Playwright Kwame Kwei Armah chooses a speech from Othello (Act 1 Sc 3)as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired him most. Peformed by Don Warrington. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Paul Whitehouse 18 May 12

    Fri, 18 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Comedian Paul Whitehouse chooses a speech from King Lear (Act 1 Sc 5) as the piece of Shakespeare which has influenced him most. Peformed by David Warner. Broadcast on Radio 4.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Chris Patten 18 May 12

    Fri, 18 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Chris Patten chooses a speech from Coriolanus (Act 5 Sc 4) as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired him most. Performed by Rory Kinnear. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Alexandra Harris 17 May 12

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Academic and writer Alexandra Harris chooses a speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 5 Sc 1) as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired her most. Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Stephen Fry 17 May 12

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Writer and actor Stephen Fry chooses Mistress Quickly's speech from Henry V (Act 2 Sc 3)on the death of Falstaff as the piece of Shakespeare that has influenced him most. Performed by Hattie Morahan. Broadcast on Radio 4.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Jools Holland 17 May 12

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Musician Jools Holland chooses a passage from Henry IV Part 2 (Act 5 Sc 5)as the piece of Shakespeare which inspires him most. Performed by David Warner and John Heffernan. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Stephen Hough 17 May 12

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Pianist Stephen Hough chooses ‘Once More Unto the Breach’ from Henry V (Act 3 Sc 1) as the piece of Shakespeare which inspires him most. Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • Benjamin Zephaniah 16 May 12

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Poet Benjamin Zephaniah chooses the final speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream as the piece of Shakespeare that inspires him most. Reader: Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Margaret Drabble 16 May 12

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Novelist Margaret Drabble chooses Titania’s speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 2 Sc 1) as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired her most.Performed by Hattie Morahan. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Zoe Wanamaker 16 May 12

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Actress Zoe Wanamaker chooses the opening Chorus from Henry V as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired her most. Performed by Rory Kinnear. Broadcast on Radio 4.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Nicholas Hytner 16 May 12

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Director of the National Theatre Nicholas Hytner chooses a scene from Henry IV Part 2 (Act 3 Sc 2)as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired him most.Performed by David Warner and Gerard McDermott. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Hilary Mantel 15 May 12

    Tue, 15 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Novelist Hilary Mantel choses Mark Anthony’s speech from Julius Caesar (Act 3Sc 1) which was performed by Don Warrington.

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  • Rowan Williams 15 May 12

    Tue, 15 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams chooses a speech from Macbeth (Act 3 Scene 2) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader: Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Bettany Hughes 15 May 12

    Tue, 15 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Historian Bettany Hughes chooses a moment from Twelfth Night (Act 4 Sc 2) as the piece of Shakespeare which inspires her most. With David Tennant, James Lailey and Rosie Cavaliero. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Jane Glover 15 May 12

    Tue, 15 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Conductor Jane Glover chooses a passage from As You Like It (Act 5 Sc 2) as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired her most. With Hattie Morahan, John Heffernan, Gerard McDermott and Susie Riddell. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Wendy Cope 14 May 12

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Poet Wendy Cope chooses Sonnet 29 as the piece of Shakespeare that inspired her most. Performed by Don Warrington.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: David Hare 14 May 12

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Playwright David Hare chooses a speech from Macbeth (Act 3 Sc 1) as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired him most. Reader: Chiwetel Ejiofor. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Gareth Malone 14 May 12

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Choirmaster Gareth Malone chooses 'Once More unto the Breach..' from Henry V Act 3 Sc 1 as the piece of Shakespeare which inspires him most. Reader: Chiwetel Ejiofor. Broadcast on Radio 3.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Jeremy Hunt 13 May 12

    Sun, 13 May 12

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt chooses Sonnet 29 as the piece of Shakespeare that inspires him most.Reader: Don Warrington. Broadcast on Radio 4.

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  • MyOwnShakespeare: Welcome

    Tue, 8 May 12

    Duration:
    1 min

    Welcome to this new BBC podcast. If you subscribe to the podcast feed, you should receive the first episode of this series automatically within the next seven days. To find other podcasts from the BBC, visit www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts

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