Shakespeare Uncovered

Shakespeare Uncovered

Join KUAC and the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre for a very special series of events surrounding Season 2 of Shakespeare Uncovered returning to public broadcasting to tell the stories behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Shakespeare Uncovered continues with a second season on PBS & KUAC, beginning Thursday, February 5 at 9 p.m. and continuing on Thursdays, through February 19. Like the first series, the second installment of Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions and experiences of its celebrated hosts – Hugh Bonneville, Kim Cattrall, Joseph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, and Christopher Plummer – to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, investigating A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Behind every Shakespeare play there is a story. Shakespeare Uncovered reveals not just the elements in the play, but the history of the play itself. What sparked the creation of each of these works? Where did Shakespeare get his plots, and what new forms of theater did he forge? What cultural, political and religious factors influenced his writing? How have the plays been staged and interpreted from Shakespeare’s time to now? Why at different times has each play been so popular – or ignored? And finally, why has this body of work endured so thoroughly? What in the end makes Shakespeare so great?

Join KUAC and the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre to experience Shakespeare like you never imagined, right here in Fairbanks, Alaska.

January 23 (Friday): 1 to 3 pm
Shakespearean Afternoon Concert on KUAC FM

Miss this event? Listen to the podcast HERE!

January 28 (Wednesday): 10 to 11 pm
Alaska Live featuring new FST production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on KUAC FM

Miss this event? Listen to the podcast HERE!

January 31 (Saturday): 4 to 6 pm
Shakespeare Uncovered Public Event & Early Screening of Shakespeare Uncovered “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and scenes from Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s upcoming Gwich’in inspired production of the same name. Also enjoy a panel discussion about the inspiration and language behind this production.
Free and open to the public, Davis Concert Hall, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

See photos from this great event HERE!

Miss this event? Listen to the podcast HERE!

KUAC and Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre partnered for events surrounding the Season 2 premiere of Shakespeare Uncovered on KUAC TV and FST’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chris Czajka from WNET in New York traveled to Fairbanks on behalf of Shakespeare Uncovered and the grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. KUAC’s Lori Neufeld had a chance to talk with Czajka about the grant and events.

Miss this event? Listen to the podcast HERE!

February 5, 12 & 19 (Thursday nights at 9):
Airing of Shakespeare Uncovered Season 2 on KUAC TV

  • February 5th “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Hugh Bonneville followed by “King Lear” with Christopher Plummer
  • February 12th “The Taming of the Shrew” with Morgan Freeman followed by “Othello” with David Harewood
  • February 19th “Antony & Cleopatra” with Kim Cattrall followed by “Romeo & Juliet” with Joseph Fiennes

See previews and full episodes of Shakespeare Uncovered Season 1 & 2 HERE.

February 8 (Sunday): 12-4 pm
The Metropolitan Opera’s “Macbeth” featuring commentary from the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre on KUAC FM

Miss this event? Listen to the podcast HERE!

February 16-20 (M-F):
Live drop-ins to Bard-a-thon during Afternoon Concert on KUAC FM

Details on this year’s FST Bard-a-thon can be found HERE.

Don’t Miss:

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s Bard-a-thon XVI February 14-21. Stream it live and find out how to participate HERE.

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tour of Alaskan schools February 23- March 15th. Learn more about the production HERE.

Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Major funding is also provided by The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, Dana and Virginia Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, the Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Polonsky Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, Jody and John Arnhold, the Corinthian International Foundation, and PBS.

National Endowment for the Humanities