Brilliant Shakespeare documentary Muse of Fire has been released on DVD – and we have FIVE copies to give away! (including one very special DVD signed by Tom Hiddleston, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen!)

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Muse of Fire is the infectiously entertaining global road-trip/adventure of Giles and Dan, two British actors in search of Shakespeare.

With a supporting cast featuring everyone from Judi Dench and Ian McKellen to Jude Law, Tom Hiddleston and Ewan McGregor, Muse of Fire is one of the most enjoyable Shakespeare lessons ever made – and it’s now being released for the first time on DVD.

Excitingly, we have no less than FIVE Muse of Fire DVDs to give away.

Muse of Fire guys Dan Poole and Giles Terera

Muse of Fire guys Dan Poole and Giles Terera

 

And even more excitingly, one of the DVDs has been signed by Dan and Giles – and also by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Tom Hiddleston!

To be in with a chance of winning one, simply send an email to shakespearemag@outlook.com with MUSE OF FIRE in the subject line. (Please include your name, address and contact number)

The closing date is the end of Friday 16 October and winners will notified after that date.

This competition is open to all our readers everywhere in the world.

Very best of luck, all!

Check out the trailer for Muse of Fire here.

Go here to order copies of the Muse of Fire DVD.

Go here to read our Muse of Fire cover story in Shakespeare Magazine 05.

Actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh receives prestigious Pragnell Shakespeare Birthday Award in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare superstar Kenneth Branagh.

Shakespeare superstar Kenneth Branagh.

Sir Kenneth Branagh has received the 2015 Pragnell Shakespeare Birthday Award.

The distinguished Shakespearean actor/director and award-winning international film star was chosen to receive the award by representatives of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Institute chose.
The award was presented on Saturday 25 April at the Shakespeare Birthday Luncheon held at the Theatre Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sponsored by Stratford-based jewellers George Pragnell Limited, the award is given annually “for outstanding achievement in extending the appreciation and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare or in the general advancement of Shakespearean knowledge and understanding”.
Last year’s award was presented to Sir Nicholas Hytner. Other acclaimed recipients include Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Peter Hall, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Harriet Walter.

Belfast-born Branagh joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984, where he received acclaim for his performances in Hamlet and Henry V. His most recent Shakespeare production, Macbeth (Manchester International Festival and the Armory, New York), marked his 25th Shakespeare production.

Five-times Oscar nominated Branagh has directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays, including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet, Love Labour’s Lost and As You Like It.

He has recently announced the launch of his own Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company which will stage Shakespeare plays The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet.

Sir Ken said: “I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the distinguished Pragnell Shakespeare award. To be in the company of such illustrious predecessors is both touching and meaningful. I look forward very much to returning to Stratford, a town I love, and of course, to a delightful lunch to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday!”

Shakespeare Magazine's Emma Wheatley with Sir Kenneth Branagh in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare Magazine’s Emma Wheatley with Sir Kenneth Branagh in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Professor Stanley Wells, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Honorary President said: “Kenneth Branagh is more than worthy of this prestigious award, both as a great actor and director of Shakespeare on stage and as an innovative, prolific and highly successful director and actor in films of Shakespeare that have brought his plays to global audiences who would never otherwise have been able to enjoy them.”

The President and Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon was distinguished historian Michael Wood, while the toast to the Immortal Memory of William Shakespeare was delivered by writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.