Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday - Henry VI. and more

William Shakespeare widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was baptised there on 26 April 1564. His actual date of birth remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, Saint George's Day. This date, which can be traced back to an 18th-century scholar's mistake, has proved appealing to biographers, since Shakespeare died 23 April 1616. (Wikipedia) So today is the 450th anniversary of his birth and the 398th of his death.
On this occasion here are some pictures of Eddie Redmayne from his major Shakespeare roles.

Henry (Edward Redmayne) and Gloucester (Hugo Macdonald) in
Henry VI 1998 at the Farrer Theatre at Eton College Part 3/ Act 5/ Scene 6

Eddie in Twelfth Night in 2002 - gif source: via

Eddie Redmayne as Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Donmar, 2011. 

Simon Dormandy, a former actor, the head of drama at Eton instilled a professional discipline in matters such as verse-speaking in his theatrically inclined charges. Among other roles, Redmayne played Shakespeare's Henry VI and his first drag turn as Adela Quested in a stage version of A Passage to India. Siobhan Bracke, the casting director, knew Dormandy from RSC days, and approached him when the decision was made to field a very young man as Viola in Twelfth Night. By this stage at Cambridge, Redmayne got his second call from Rylance and director Tim Carroll, "when I was well into a bottle of wine with a friend in Notting Hill. I had to go straight to the Globe and do a scene with Mark who I think was in a rehearsal dress and the wine..." (x) via (x)

Another Shakespeare related post of mine:
The Bard easily beat hot contenders to the People's Choice award chosen by a public vote, taking 50% more than any other claimant in a list that contained the likes of Harry Potter, Harry Styles, the mini skirt, the tuxedo, The Beatles and Earl Grey tea.


  1. What I love most about him is that, he's not just a handsome face, but also an incredible actor. I'd love to see him in live theatre someday. What's more, I don't think he even realizes just how legit he really is. If I was one of the lucky fans who got to bump into him on the street, I'd probably pass out! ❤️

    1. I'd love to see him too, but I'm afraid, that when I meet him, I will be speechless.


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