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Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins [2106]

Written by: Eileen Atkins
Directed by: Eileen Atkins
Adapted by: Eileen Atkins

Renowned worldwide and considered one of the finest Shakespearean actresses of the Victorian period, Ellen Terry composed Four Lectures on Shakespeare with her friend and colleague Sir Henry Irving in the early years of the twentieth century. Join award-winning actress and screenwriter Eileen Atkins as she weaves together those lectures, stories from Ellen's life and excerpts from Shakespeare's plays in a dazzling and lucid dramatisation.

Atkins performs over ten parts including Juliet, Beatrice and Viola, and revisits the roles to shed fascinating new light on female characters who have sometimes been constued as dull, submissive or one-dimensional.

Eileen Atkins' extensive credits for film and television include Cranford, for which she won a BAFTA and an Emmy, Upstairs, Downstairs and Gosford Park. She was most recently seen on stage in All That Fall at the Jermyn Street Theatre.