INTERVIEW: David Tennant On Shakespeare Live! "Thank heavens for autocue!"

The latest issues of TV Choice and Radio Times feature coverage on Saturday's Shakespeare Live! show, staged live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and due to air on BBC Two and in cinemas nationwide from 8.30pm.

TV Choice's article includes quotes from an interview with David at the press launch for the BBC's Shakespeare Festival.

David, who co-hosts the show with Catherine Tate explained a bit about what we can expect: 
"His plays are as powerful today as they were 400 years ago, and it's a real privilege to be part of this. It's a variety bill, with some of the greatest classical actors around, including Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. We also have opera, ballet, hip-hop and comedy from Al Murray - all different disciplines but all celebrating Shakespeare and what he's done for our cultural heritage and life."

He also spoke of how he was first introduced to the Bard's work:
"I remember seeing Shakespeare performed - which is when it works best, when it comes alive - in the early 80s. It was in my school gym, and a company called Theatre Around Glasgow did As You Like It. I was blown away, and thought Touchstone was the coolest man I'd ever seen. I have no idea who played that part - answers on a postcard please, as I'd love to know! 
Ever since, Shakespeare has been a huge part of my life. Those characters and stories, they're catnip for actors and audiences alike.'

And of his nerves at hosting such an extravaganza:
"It's a little bit scary, but live performance is what Shakespeare is all about. Still, thank heavens for autocue!"

TV Choice and Radio Times are out now.


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