THE BBC SHAKESPEARE 400TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT SET
BOXED SET: 9 DVDs
In honor of the Bard’s 400th year, a collection both serious and hilarious includes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet in the hugely popular, well-received modern-dress production with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart; An Age of Kings, a 15-part sequential miniseries based on Shakespeare’s history plays; Shakespeare Retold, four cutting-edge productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream tailored to contemporary audiences; and Bill, a Monty Pythonesque comedy about the playwright’s mysterious lost years as a hapless lute player who leaves his family to follow his dream in London. With Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Judi Dench, Sean Connery, and many more. Color and black-and-white. Total time: 26½ hours.