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Dedication: Sonnet I, Sonnet II (02:29)


Released alongside a spectacular edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets for the Apple iPad, this beautifully produced video features specially filmed performances of all 154 Sonnets by a stellar cast of actors, including Fiona Shaw, Sir Patrick Stewart and David Tennant. All of the poems, together with their enigmatic Dedication, are featured in readings by a star-studded cast. Other contributors include actors Simon Callow, Simon Russell Beale, Kim Cattrall, Dominic West and Stephen Fry, as well as prominent experts on Shakespeare such as Professor James Shapiro and voice coach Cicely Berry. In this opening segment, Patrick Stewart recites the dedication of William Shakespeare's sonnets. Kim Catrall reads "From fairest creatures we desire increase." Noma Dumezweni performs "When forty winters shall besiege thy brow."

Sonnet III-V (02:55)

Simon Callow performs "Look in Thy Glass, and Tell the Face thou Viewest." Stewart recites "Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend." Jemma Redgrave reads "Those hours, treads "Those hours, that with gentle work did frame."

Sonnet VI-VIII (03:07)

Tilly Blackwood recites "Then Let Mot Winter's Fagged Hand Deface." Polly Frame performs "Lo! in the orient when the gracious light." Prasanna Puwanarajah reads "Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?"

Sonnet IX-XI (02:49)

Bruce Alexander reads "Is It for Fear to Wet a Widow's Eye." Simon Manyonda recites "For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any." Sam Alexander performs "As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest."

Sonnet XII-XIV (02:51)

David Tennant performs "When I do count the clock that tells the time. Adetomiwa Edun recites "O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are." Oliver Ford Davies reads "Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck."

Sonnet XV-XVII (03:17)

Fiona Shaw performs "When I consider everything that grows" and "But wherefore do not you a mightier way." An actress recites "Who will believe my verse in time to come."

Sonnet XVIII-XX (03:00)

Tennant performs "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Stewart recites "Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws." Simon Russell Beale reads "A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted."

Sonnet XXI- XXIII (02:47)

Tunji Kasim performs "So is it not with me as with that Muse." Actresses recite "My glass shall not persuade me I am old," and "As an unperfect actor on the stage."

Sonnet XXIV-XXVI (02:48)

Puwanarajah recites "Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd." Dumezweni performs "Let those who are in favour with their stars." Edward Bennett reads "Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage."

Sonnet XXVII-XXIX (02:57)

Alexander recites "Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed," and "How can I then return in happy plight,." Stewart performs "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes."

Sonnet XXX-XXXII (02:58)

Stewart recites "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought." Kate Fleetwood performs "Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts," Alexander recites "If thou survive my well-contented day.

Sonnet XXXIII-XXXV (02:31)

Adetomiwa Edun recites"Full many a glorious morning have I seen" and "Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day." Niamh McGrady performs "No more be grieved at that which thou hast done."

Sonnet XXXVI-XXXVIII (03:00)

McGrady performs "Let me confess that we two must be twain." Nonso Anozie recites "As a decrepit father takes delight." Sian Phillips reads "How can my Muse want subject to invent."

Sonnet XXXIX-XLI (03:03)

Manyonda performs "O, how thy worth with manners may I sing." Harriet Walter recites "Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all." Alexander reads "Those petty wrongs that liberty commits."

Sonnet XLII-XLIV (02:59)

Alexander recites "That thou hast her, it is not all my grief." David Calder performs "When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see" and "If the dull substance of my flesh were though."

Sonnet XLV-XLVII (02:59)

Calder performs "The other two, slight air and purging fire," Fleetwood recites "Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war" and "Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took."

Sonnet XLVIII-L (02:51)

Shaw performs "How careful was I, when I took my way." Manyonda recites "Against that time, if ever that time come." An actor reads "How heavy do I journey on the way."

Sonnet LI- LIII (02:59)

An actor performs "Thus can my love excuse the slow offence." Alexander recites "So am I as the rich, whose blessed key." Phillips reads "What is your substance, whereof are you made."

Sonnet LIV-LVI (03:04)

Phillips reads "O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem." Alexander performs "Not marble, nor the gilded monument." Diana Quick reads "Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said."

Sonnet LVII-LIX (03:01)

Callow recites "Being your slave, what should I do but tend." and "That god forbid that made me first your slave." John Heffernan performs "If there be nothing new, but that which is."

Sonnet LX-LXII (02:59)

Heffernan recites "Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore." Edun reads "Is it thy will thy image should keep open." Oliver Ford Davies reads "Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye."

Sonnet LXIII-LXV (03:29)

Davies recites "Against my love shall be, as I am now." Annette Badland performs "When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced" and "Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea."

Sonnet LXI-LXIII (02:55)

Kasim performs "Tired with all these, for restful death I cry" and "Ah! wherefore with infection should he live." Calder recites "Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn."

Sonnet LXIX-LXXI (03:07)

Heffernan recites "Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view." Puwanarajah performs "That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect." Tennant reads "No longer mourn for me when I am dead."

Sonnet LXXII-LXXIV (02:52)

Redgrave recites "O, lest the world should task you to recite." Andrew Motion reads "That time of year thou mayst in me behold." Phillips recites "But be contented: when that fell arrest."

Sonnet LXXV-LXXVII (03:04)

Mark Ebulue recite "So are you to my thoughts as food to life." Kerry Shale recites "Why is my verse so barren of new pride" and "Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear."

Sonnet LXXVIII-LXXX (03:17)

Walter performs "So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse," "Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid," and "O, how I faint when I of you do write."

Sonnet LXXXI-LXXXIV (03:57)

Beale performs "Or I shall live your epitaph to make." Dumezweni recites "I grant thou wert not married to my Muse" and "I never saw that you did painting need." An actor reads "Who is it that says most? which can say more."

Sonnet LXXXV-LXXXVII (03:02)

Anozie performs "My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still." Don Paterson recites "Was it the proud full sail of his great verse." Katherine Duncan-Jones reads "Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing."

Sonnet LXXXVIII-XC (02:53)

Shale performs "When thou shalt be disposed to set me light" and "Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault." Nathan Stewart-Jarrett reads "Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now."

Sonnet XCI-XCIII (03:19)

Badland performs "Some glory in their birth, some in their skill" and "But do thy worst to steal thyself away." Philips reads "So shall I live, supposing thou art true."

Sonnet XCIV-XCVI (03:02)

Phillips performs "They that have power to hurt and will do none." Puwanarajah recites "How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame." Alexander reads "Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness."

Sonnet XCVII-XCIX (03:01)

Phillips performs "How like a winter hath my absence been." Jo Stone-Fewings recites "From you have I been absent in the spring" and "The forward violet thus did I chide."

Sonnet C-CII (03:04)

Phillips recites "Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long." Blackwood performs "O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends." Stewart-Jarrett reads "My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming."

Sonnet CIII-CV (02:46)

Cattrell performs "Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth." McGrady recites "To me, fair friend, you never can be old." Puwanarajah reads "Let not my love be call'd idolatry."

Sonnet CVI-CVIII (02:42)

Kasim performs "When in the chronicle of wasted time." Quick recites "Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul." Ruth Negga reads "What's in the brain that ink may character."

Sonnet CIX-CXI (02:53)

Shale performs "O, never say that I was false of heart" and "Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there." Dominic West reads "O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide."

Sonnet CXII-CXIV (03:03)

West performs "Your love and pity doth the impression fill." Negga recites "Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind" and "Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you."

Sonnet CXV-CXVII (03:14)

Blackwood performs "Those lines that I before have writ do lie." Stewart recites "Let me not to the marriage of true minds." Dumezweni reads "Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all."

Sonnet CXVIII-CXX (03:14)

Paterson performs "Like as, to make our appetites more keen" and "What potions have I drunk of Siren tears." Heffernan reads "That you were once unkind befriends me now."

Sonnet CXXI-CXXIII (02:56)

Kasim performs "Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd." Fleetwood recites "Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain." Nonso Anozie reads "No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change."

Sonnet CXXIV-CXXVI (02:52)

Redgrave performs "If my dear love were but the child of state." Negga recites "Were 't aught to me I bore the canopy." Tennant reads "O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power."

Sonnet CXXVII-CXXIX (03:22)

Stewart performs "In the old age black was not counted fair." Bennett recites "How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st." Cicely Berry reads "The expense of spirit in a waste of shame."

Sonnet CXXX-CXXXII (03:47)

Stephen Fry performs "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" twice. West recites "Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art" and "Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me."

Sonnet CXXXIII-CXXXV (02:46)

Edun performs "Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan" and "So, now I have confess'd that he is thine." Beale reads "Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy 'Will."

Sonnet CXXXVI-CXXXVIII (03:03)

Beale performs "If thy soul cheque thee that I come so near." Calder recites "Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes." James Shapiro reads "When my love swears that she is made of truth."

Sonnet CXXXIX-CXLI (03:13)

Blackwood performs "O, call not me to justify the wrong." Stewart-Jarrett recites "Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press." Ben Crystal reads "In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes."

Sonnet CXLII-CXLIV (02:52)

Motion performs "Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate." An actor recites "Lo! as a careful housewife runs to catch." McGrady reads "Two loves I have of comfort and despair."

Sonnet CXLV-CXLVII (02:41)

Stone-Fewings performs "Those lips that Love's own hand did make." Manyonda recites "Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth." Redgrave reads "My love is as a fever, longing still."

Sonnet CXLVIII-CL (02:52)

Stewart-Jarrett performs "O me, what eyes hath Love put in my head." Anozie recites "Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not." Henry Woudhuysen reads "O, from what power hast thou this powerful might."

Sonnet CLI-CLIV (04:43)

Heffernan recites "In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn." Shaw recites "Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep" and "The little Love-god lying once asleep."

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Released alongside a spectacular edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets for the Apple iPad, this beautifully produced DVD features specially filmed performances of all 154 Sonnets by a stellar cast of actors including, Fiona Shaw, Sir Patrick Stewart and David Tennant. William Shakespeare’s Sonnets are among the most beautiful and most fascinating poems ever written. All of the poems, together with their enigmatic Dedication, are featured in readings by a star-studded cast. A full-colour accompanying booklet features each actor, a list of their Sonnets and a short biography. Other contributors include actors Simon Callow, Simon Russell Beale, Kim Cattrall, Dominic West and Stephen Fry, as well as prominent experts on Shakespeare such as Professor James Shapiro and voice coach Cicely Berry. The mysteries and marvels of Shakespeare’s Sonnets are revealed as never before in these vivid, compelling and accessible performances. Actors featured in Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Bruce Alexander, Sam Alexander, Nonzo Anosie, Annette Badland, Edward Bennett, Cicely Berry, Tilly Blackwood, David Calder, Simon Callow, Kim Cattrall, Ben Crystal, Noma Dumezweni, Katherine Ducan-Jones, Make Ebulue, Adetomiwa Edun, Kate Fleetwood, Oliver Ford Davies, Polly Frame, Stephen Fry, John Heffernan, Tunji Kasim, Simon Manyonda, Niamh McGrady, Andrew Motion, Ruth Negga, Don Paterson, Sian Phillips, Emily Plumtree, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Diana Quick, Jemma Redgrave, Simon Russell Beale, Kerry Shale, James Shapiro, Fiona Shaw, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Patrick Stewart, Jo Stone-Fewings, David Tennant, Harriet Walter, Dominic West, Henry Wouduysen.

Length: 156 minutes

Item#: FMK194799

ISBN: 978-1-64623-822-4

Copyright date: ©2012

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