Hamlet

Among Shakespeare s plays, Hamlet is considered by many his masterpiece Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co directs a brillant ensemble performance Three gen

Othello

In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona , with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the

Macbeth

One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, he s urged on by the ruthless, single minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband s doubt But seeing the prophecy thr

King Lear

Shakespeare s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What, then, keeps bringing us back to