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My Own Shakespeare

Public figures talk about the piece of Shakespeare that inspires them most.The pieces are read by well known actors. From BBC Radio 4

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Stephen Fry

Writer and actor Stephen Fry chooses Mistress Quickly's speech from Henry V (Act 2 Sc 3)on the death of Falstaff as the piece of Shakespeare that has influenced him most. Performed by Hattie Morahan. Broadcast on Radio 4.

2mins

17 May 2012

Rank #1

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Melvyn Bragg

Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg chooses a speech from King Lear (Act 3 Scene 2) as the piece of Shakeseare that has inspired him most. Reader: David Warner.

2mins

21 May 2012

Rank #2

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Rowan Williams

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams chooses a speech from Macbeth (Act 3 Scene 2) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader: Chiwetel Ejiofor.

3mins

15 May 2012

Rank #3

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David Hare

Playwright David Hare chooses a speech from Macbeth (Act 3 Sc 1) as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired him most. Reader: Chiwetel Ejiofor. Broadcast on Radio 3.

2mins

14 May 2012

Rank #4

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Hilary Mantel

Novelist Hilary Mantel choses Mark Anthony’s speech from Julius Caesar (Act 3Sc 1) which was performed by Don Warrington.

2mins

15 May 2012

Rank #5

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Neil MacGregor

British Museum Director Neil MacGregor chooses the opening Chorus from Henry V as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired him most. Reader: Rory Kinnear.

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21 May 2012

Rank #6

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Bettany Hughes

Historian Bettany Hughes chooses a moment from Twelfth Night (Act 4 Sc 2) as the piece of Shakespeare which inspires her most. With David Tennant, James Lailey and Rosie Cavaliero. Broadcast on Radio 3.

2mins

15 May 2012

Rank #7

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Zoe Wanamaker

Actress Zoe Wanamaker chooses the opening Chorus from Henry V as the piece of Shakespeare which has inspired her most. Performed by Rory Kinnear. Broadcast on Radio 4.

2mins

16 May 2012

Rank #8

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Martha Kearney

Broadcaster Martha Kearney chooses an Oberon speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 2 Scene 1) as the piece of Shakespeare that has inspired her most. Reader: Don Warrington.

2mins

21 May 2012

Rank #9

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Wendy Cope

Poet Wendy Cope chooses Sonnet 29 as the piece of Shakespeare that inspired her most. Performed by Don Warrington.

2mins

14 May 2012

Rank #10