Cumberbatch, Mirren and more join Shakespeare Live!

The line-up for the BBC’s big Shakespeare celebration on April 23 just got even better as Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, David Suchet, Roger Allam, Tim Minchin, John Lithgow and Anne Marie Duff have been added to the list of performers.

Other performers include Gregory Porter, Rory Kinnear, Rufus Hound, Henry Goodman, The Shires, Simon Russell Beale, Antony Sher, Harriet Walter, Pippa Nixon, the Orchestra of the Swan, the cast of Horrible Histories and Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC on April 23 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. It will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm.

As previously announced, David Tennant is hosting the event.

Alongside numerous theatrical performances to be revealed on the night, Shakespeare Live! From The RSC will feature Shakespeare-inspired work spanning the musical genres – including hip-hop, blues, musical theatre, jazz, opera and classical numbers based on his plays.

The show will open with a rendition of ‘Tonight’ from West Side Story, choreographed by Will Tuckett and performed by 19 of the most gifted musical theatre students from across the UK.

Country duo The Shires will perform a special interpretation of Shakespeare’s poem ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’; Henry Goodman and Rufus Hound will give their own rendition of Brush Up Your Shakespeare from the musical Kiss Me Kate; and the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra will perform Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder.



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