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Chasing Shakespeare

Shakespeare plays turn up routinely on Broadway, but lately it seems as though all the world’s a stage for the Bard of Avon. Here are highlights. ROMEO AND JULIET: You’ve got three chances to catch this one. A Broadway show, now in previews, stars Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as the star-crossed lovers. For those who prefer a downtown venue, Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley’s kid sister) will play Juliet at the Classic Stage Company starting on September 27. Can’t make it to New York? A film version, featuring Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), premieres on October 11. MACBETH: Alan Cumming just finished his Broadway run in Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, but the cauldron continues to bubble. Ethan Hawke will take up the title role in a new production on October 24, to be followed by Kenneth Branagh’s off-Broadway “Macbeth” in 2014. THE HISTORY PLAYS: Beginning on September 20, PBS will air “The Hollow Crown,” a TV miniseries that presents four of these masterworks in chronological order. Jeremy Irons plays Henry IV. Oh, and “Richard III” hits Broadway in October (alternating with “Twelfth Night”), and Al Pacino’s “King Lear,” in development for three years, is nearly ready for its big-screen debut. What was it Shakespeare wrote about a dish fit for the gods? This season, make that a banquet. — John Birmingham

   
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