NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosted a glittering jubilee party with an all-star cast.
Shakespeare Live! -- celebrating the international legacy of Shakespeare in all the performing arts, including opera, ballet, hip hop, blues, jazz and musical theater, from The Bard's hometown of Stratford-upon- Avon - comes to THIRTEEN's Great Performances, Friday, December 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS to conclude the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings.) Many iconic characters, speeches and scenes from Shakespeare's best-known plays are featured, telling the story of Shakespeare's life and career. From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by an eclectic roster of performers including Akala and Hip Hop Shakespeare, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ian Bostridge, Judi Dench, Anne Marie Duff, Paapa Essiedu, Joseph Fiennes, Alexandra Gilbreth, Rory Kinnear, the cast of Horrible Histories, Rufus Hound, Henry Goodman, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra, Helen Mirren, Alison Moyet, Al Murray, Pippa Nixon, the Orchestra of the Swan, Gregory Porter, the Royal Ballet, Antony Sher, The Shires, David Suchet, Rufus Wainwright, and Harriet Walter, for a very special evening. Even RSC President Prince Charles joins the fun for an impromptu acting class on the proper way to emote Shakespeare's classic words, "To be, or not to be." The once-in-a-lifetime cast was assembled and directed by Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and took place in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Beyond the many dramatic highlights of the evening, the show is filled with music and dance.