Rating: EX15+
Duration: 162 mins
Director: Gregory Doran
Cast: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Minchin, Rufus Wainwright, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Joseph Fiennes


Hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, this star-studded show from the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy.

Captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran has assembled an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi DenchSir Ian McKellenDame Helen MirrenBenedict CumberbatchTim MinchinRufus WainwrightJohn LithgowDavid SuchetRory KinnearJoseph Fiennes, the cast of Horrible HistoriesThe Royal BalletEnglish National Opera (ENO)Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many more, to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC will feature numerous theatrical performances, as well as Shakespeare-inspired works spanning the musical genres, including hip-hop, blues, musical theatre, jazz, opera and classical music. This unique gala event will immerse you in the excitement, the drama, the laughter, the tears, the constant reinvention and the utter timelessness of the works of William Shakespeare.

“A bold and innovative tribute… an apt and vivid reminder of the playwright’s chameleon brilliance” –  Guardian

 “Sent shivers down the spine” – Telegraph

Official Trailer