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Donmar Warehouse all-female Shakespeare trilogy to be shown on BBC

Harriet Walter in Julius Caesar. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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The Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy is to be shown on the BBC later this year.

The trilogy, comprising Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest, ran in a purpose-built theatre in King’s Cross in 2016 as the culmination of a four-year project by the Donmar and director Phyllida Lloyd.

Julius Caesar will be broadcast on BBC4, with the other two productions being made available on BBC iPlayer, all in partnership with digital arts platform the Space.

The announcement comes as part of the BBC’s new arts and culture programming for 2018, which also includes the previously announced broadcast of Robert Icke’s Hamlet on BBC2 and a season of dance on BBC4.

Other programmes include a documentary about choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, featuring contributions from his family and dance figures such as Darcey Bussell, Monica Mason and Anthony Dowell.

The season also features a film by Five Guys Named Moe creator Clarke Peters on the history of tap dancing in America, and four 30-minute films created in partnership with Sadler’s Wells showcasing dance artists Zenaida Yanowsky, Carlos Pons Guerra, Shobana Jeyasingh and Dickson Mbi.

Performance Live, the BBC’s arts collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre, will continue. The Donmar Shakespeare trilogy will be shown as part of this, alongside Taxi Tales, a collaboration with playwright and screenwriter Ishy Din and Tamasha Theatre Company.