Four hundred years after William Shakespeare's death, Simon Callow investigates the great bard's spirituality, and Josie d'Arby joins in the celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, Simon Callow investigates the great bard's spirituality, and Josie d'Arby joins in the celebrations as the great and the good come together in Stratford-upon-Avon.
All People That on Earth Do Dwell from Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Who Would True Valour See (To Be a Pilgrim) from Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise from Royal Garrison Church, Aldershot
Rejoice the Lord Is King from St Albans Cathedral, St Albans
Sonnet 146 from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
Angel-Voices Ever Singing from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
Blessed Assurance from St Germain's Church, Birmingham.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
In the week that the country has been celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy, Josie d’Arby joins the commemorations in the bard’s home-town of Stratford upon Avon. She goes in search of his religious faith, deciphering medieval wall paintings with Dr Paul Edmondson. Josie also glimpses a prayer book believed to be Shakespeare’s personal copy, and Dr Daniel Swift reveals how this book is a hidden ingredient in the bard’s plays. Josie also discusses the significance of Sonnet 146, often described as his only Christian sonnet, before ending her search at Shakespeare’s resting place in Holy Trinity church.
Simon Callow reveals what it’s like to perform the great bard’s work and tries to understand more about Shakespeare’s spirituality. He meets Professor Alison Shell at St Leonard’s church, close to the first-purpose built London playhouse.
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|
|Executive Producer||Tommy Nagra|