“The greatest actors of their generation reveal what Shakespeare really means to them.” So many fantastic quotes from such fantastic people! I mean, I’m leaving out Ian McKellen, Paterson Joseph and others, so you should go read the rest.
“Anyone who’s ever played Ophelia should all get together for a big group hug.” Michelle Dockery
“I like to think of Shakespeare as one delicious smorgasbord that I have a lifelong pleasure in eating. Sometimes I will dive into a dish and come up gasping for air. Other times it’s just breadsticks.” Alan Cumming
“The curse is that Will is my yardstick. I cannot tell you the number of times I have read a script and thrown it across the floor in frustration. He leaves you with a sharp eye for the phony.” Ben Kingsley
“I think Shakespeare says the things about us that need to be said, and constantly said, but he doesn’t judge easily. He gives people rope to hang themselves, sure, but there’s tolerance of human frailty, and that’s why he’s survived at the top of the tree.” Simon Russell Beale
“I’m besotted by Shakespeare. That’s what I’d like to be doing now. Two or three plays in repertoire. I’d be happy as a sandboy.” Judi Dench