Catherine Tate Joins David Tennant To Host Shakespeare Live!


BBC Two have today announced that Catherine Tate will be joining David Tennant as a host of their Shakespearean extravaganza, Shakespeare Live! on Saturday 23rd April.

The pair who starred together as Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, will team up to present a host of guest stars live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

The show will be broadcast live on BBC Two and screened live in cinemas across the UK and Europe. It will be broadcast in US cinemas on 24th May.

As part of a year-long celebration of the Bard, this star-studded show was conceived and directed by Gregory Doran and features Dame Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, the Royal Ballet, the Orchestra of the Swan and many more.

Talking about the show David Tennant said: "Shakespeare Live! is a kind of variety bill. We've got some of the greatest classical actors around. Judi Dench will be there, Ian McKellen will be there. Live performance is what Shakespeare is all about. We have opera, we have ballet, we have hip-hop - all celebrating Shakespeare and what he's done for our cultural heritage."

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