Featuring a tour de force performance from Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare is a one-man show about the life and work of the world's greatest playwright. Written by the renowned scholar Jonathan Bate, and taking its cue from Jacques' famous 'Seven Ages of Man' speech in As You Like It, the drama traces Shakespeare's life from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 to his burial there fifty-two years later. Weaving together this story with extracts from many of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Simon Callow presents a vivid and very human portrait of the man and of the Elizabethan world in which he lived. Recorded before an audience during the play's triumphant London run, Being Shakespeare is both a wonderful introduction to the author and a richly nuanced, funny and fascinating study for those who already love his plays. DVD extras include an exclusive interview with Simon Callow and performances of a personal selection of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Plays featured in Being Shakespeare: As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, King John, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Caesar, Venus and Adonis (poem), Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Doctor Faustus (play by Christopher Marlowe), King Henry VI part 1, Hamlet Sonnet 18 Henry V, Henry IV part 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Richard II, King Lear, Henry IV, part 2 Troilus and Cressida, The Tempest, Sir Thomas More.