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My Own Shakespeare

30 EpisodesProduced by BBC Radio 4Website

Public figures talk about the piece of Shakespeare that inspires them most.The pieces are read by well known actors. From BBC Radio 4

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Radio Drama at 90 Julius Caesar

February 16th, 2013

11:43

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 …

Andrew Marr

May 22nd, 2012

2:51

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.

Shami Chakrabarti

May 22nd, 2012

2:06

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.

Michael Portillo

May 21st, 2012

2:44

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.

Gyles Brandreth

May 21st, 2012

2:54

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.

Martha Kearney

May 21st, 2012

2:32

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.

Jonathan Dimbleby

May 21st, 2012

2:41

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

Neil MacGregor

May 21st, 2012

2:41

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.

Melvyn Bragg

May 21st, 2012

2:26

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.

Charles Hazelwood

May 19th, 2012

2:43

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.

Jim Al-Khalili

May 19th, 2012

2:37

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.

Kwame Kwei Armah

May 18th, 2012

2:27

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.

Paul Whitehouse

May 18th, 2012

2:32

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 …

Chris Patten

May 18th, 2012

2:34

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. …

Alexandra Harris

May 17th, 2012

2:27

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.

Stephen Fry

May 17th, 2012

2:51

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 …

Jools Holland

May 17th, 2012

2:39

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 …

Stephen Hough

May 17th, 2012

2:49

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.

Benjamin Zephaniah

May 16th, 2012

2:03

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.

Margaret Drabble

May 16th, 2012

2:45

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.

Zoe Wanamaker

May 16th, 2012

2:47

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.

Nicholas Hytner

May 16th, 2012

2:50

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 …

Hilary Mantel

May 15th, 2012

2:51

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

Rowan Williams

May 15th, 2012

3:00

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.

Bettany Hughes

May 15th, 2012

2:47

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.

Jane Glover

May 15th, 2012

2:49

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 …

Wendy Cope

May 14th, 2012

2:51

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

David Hare

May 14th, 2012

2:41

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.

Gareth Malone

May 14th, 2012

2:33

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.

Jeremy Hunt

May 13th, 2012

2:41

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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