Archive for February 6th, 2009

Shakespeare 13

6th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Guardian reports that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has established a Shakespeare Hall of Fame, to celebrate Shakespeare’s status as one of the world’s most read and performed authors.

Those honoured in the Hall of Fame are performers, directors and artists inspired by the playwright, and those who championed his work.

The first twelve members have been chosen:

  • Ben Jonson
  • David Garrick
  • Charles Dickens
  • Ellen Terry
  • Laurence Olivier
  • Judi Dench
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Sam Wanamaker
  • Paul Robeson

In a special poll Guardian readers are being asked to vote, from a selection of ten candidates, for the thirteenth member of the Hall of Fame (the number of actors traditionally required for a Shakespearean production).

Go, and pick your player.