Ep 552: Kenneth Branagh

May 09, 2019

[12 mins. 30 secs.] Sir Kenneth Branagh makes his first appearance on the podcast. He has directed many films in the past including "Henry V", "A Midwinter's Tale", "Hamlet" and "As You Like It" but now in his latest film "All is True" Branagh portrays the Bard himself. The year is 1613, and William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father. The film also stars Dame Judith Dench as wife Anne Hathaway and Ian McKellen as the Earl of South Hampton. It opens on Friday at the Angelika Cinema and The Paris Theater in New York City and in Los Angeles, the wide in the coming weeks.

[35 mins. 50 secs.] Actor and theater owner Paul Lazar returns for his third visit to the podcast (he was on Episode 23 and Episode 370) to discuss his latest production, "Cage Shuffle" which he has been performing around the world. The Big Dance Theater which he runs with wife Annie-B Parson continues to create new works. Check out the website for their calendar of upcoming events. Lazar continues to act in various film roles as well.

This episode is sponsored by Jett Sets, your place to go for virtual set design, implementation and consulting.

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