Ages of Shakespeare: After Gielgud
Sir John Gielgud was arguably the greatest English-speaking actor of the 20th Century and as an interpreter of Shakespeare he was unparalleled. In 1957 he created and toured a solo show he called Ages of Man, using that famous speech from As You Like It to anchor a recital of sonnets and cuttings from Shakespeare's plays that deal with youth, manhood and old age. Ages of Shakespeare: After Gielgud is a riff on Mr. Gielgud's show and the ways we hear and speak Shakespeare differently in the 21st century. The show combines historic video and audio with live voices in the impossible attempt to locate that ineffable something that continues to draw us to the immediacy of Shakespeare's words.