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Michael Pennington's solo Shakespeare show Sweet William, filmed here with a live audience, has been acclaimed throughout Europe and in the US as a unique blend of showmanship and scholarship. It is illuminated throughout by the unrivalled insights that Pennington has gained from the 20,000 hours he has spent working on the plays as a leading actor, an artistic director and a director.
With practical analysis, wonderfully detailed and entertaining interpretations of characters and scenes and vivid reflections on Shakespeare's theatre and ours, the result is a masterclass of the most enjoyable kind for anyone interested in Shakespeare. The incomparable Michael Pennington has done Sweet William proud.
Daily Mail: You are mesmerised. Sunday Times: A delightful and illuminating show from one of our finest actors. What a superb and constantly stimulating guide he proves... warm, wise and illuminating. Daily Telegraph: Michael Pennington is a great Shakespearian actor with the authority of an academic. Sir Ian McKellen
Format : PAL/ NTSC Region : All Release
Number of discs : 1
Running time : 97 minutes
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Shanley is from The Bronx, New York. His plays include Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in
Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four
Dogs and a Bone, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow,Dirty Story,
Defiance, Beggars in the House of Plenty and Storefront Church.
His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and
around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award
and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his
credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
and Amy Adams, which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best
Adapted Screenplay. The film of Doubt was also directed by Mr. Shanley. Other
films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film
Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed,
and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck
he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for
best original screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the
2009 Lifetime Achievement InWriting.