Playing Shakespeare screens at Berkeley Public Library

July 07, 2016

Contact: Debbie Carton
Art & Music Librarian
Berkeley Public Library

Playing Shakespeare screens at Berkeley Public Library

Berkeley, CA. July 7, 2016 –Get an insider’s view on interpreting Shakespeare in the BBC series, Playing Shakespeare. John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company demonstrates how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity.

Berkeley Public Library will show three representative episodes from the series on three consecutive Wednesdays in August: August 3, 10 and 17, from 12 noon – 1:00pm in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room in the Central Library located at 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck). For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6241.

Playing Shakespeare: an actor’s guide is also available as a book or DVD from the Library.


  • August 3: Language and character, with Sinead Cusack, Lisa Harrow, Ben Kingsley, Michael Pennington, Roger Rees, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet and Michael Williams.
  • August 10: Exploring a character, with Patrick Stewart and David Suchet interpreting Shylock (The Merchant of Venice) in very different ways.
  • August 17: Rehearsing the text, with Judi Dench as Viola in a scene from Twelfth Night.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (

The Central Library is located at 2090 Kittredge St. and is open: Monday, noon – 8:00pm, Tuesday, 10:00am – 8:00pm, Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00-5:00pm.

Wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Visit the library’s website: