MUSE OF FIRE film & competition: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen & Tom Hiddleston on Shakespeare

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MUSE OF FIRE – the acclaimed “Shakespeare odyssey” film featuring one dame, eight knights and two friends (actors-turned-documentary makers Dan Poole and Giles Terera) that promises to “change the way you feel about Shakespeare forever!” – is now released on DVD by Illuminations, with lots of DVD extras. And we’re celebrating with some unbelievable giveaways!


MUSE OF FIRE is an epic road-trip buddy movie that aims to dispel the myths, stop us worrying, and make us start loving Shakespeare. It features candid interviews with some of our greatest actors, directors and Shakespeare practitioners, including: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Baz Luhrmann, Mark Rylance, Fiona Shaw, James Earl Jones, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman, Steven Berkoff, Michael Gambon, Jeremy Irons, Peter Hall, Zoe Wanamaker, John Hurt and Dominic West.

And, on the eve of Dame Judi opening in her latest Shakespearean offering – The Winter’s Tale, as part of Kenneth Branagh’s year-long Branagh Theatre season – we’re celebrating with a series of Shakespeare related competitions with incredible prizes, including MUSE OF FIRE goodies signed by Dench, Ian McKellen and Tom Hiddleston (most recently seen, Shakespeare-wise, giving us his Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse and his Prince Hal in The Hollow Crown series on TV).

Exclusive video

As a taster, here’s a special My Theatre Mates compilation of extracts from MUSE OF FIRE interviews with Hiddleston, McKellen and Dench. Have a watch – highlights include:

  • why Tom Hiddleston appreciates Shakespeare more and more as he ages
  • an iambic pentameter tutorial care of Ian McKellen (who also asserts that Shakespeare invented the musical solo)
  • how Judi Dench gets the measure of a theatre


Exclusive competitions! NOW: DVD signed by McKellen, Dench & Hiddleston

Over the coming weeks, in partnership with the makers and distributors of MUSE OF FIRE, we’re giving away the following:

  1. Two programmes from Hamlet at the Barbican, signed by Benedict CumberbatchUpdated 16 November: these have now been won by Tricia Whatley and Alison Sear
  2. One Muse of Fire poster signed by Tom Hiddleston (the ONLY one in existence!) – Updated 25 November: this has now been won by Meagan Noles
  3. Three Muse of Fire DVDs triple-signed by Tom Hiddleston, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench

Now running: the Muse of Fire DVDs signed by Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench and Tom Hiddleston. Enter below by noon on Friday 4 December 2015.* Increase your chances of winning: if you follow @MyTheatreMates and RT our competition details, you’ll be entered again every time you RT! (Within reason please: we do NOT want to encourage ceaseless spamming of anyone’s followers!)

Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Tom Hiddleston

Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Tom Hiddleston

Enter to win one of THREE Muse of Fire DVDs signed by Ian McKellen, Judi Dench & Tom Hiddleston

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More about Muse of Fire

MUSE OF FIRE is an epic road-trip buddy movie that aims to dispel the myths, stop us worrying, and make us start loving Shakespeare.

This is an 83-minute feature documentary produced by actors and debut filmmakers, Giles Terera and Dan Poole in 2013. Released for the first time on DVD by Illuminations, with extras, the film follows Dan and Giles as they travel the globe to discover everything they can about tackling Shakespeare, recognized by many as the greatest storyteller of all time.

The film documents Giles and Dan’s four-year 25,000 mile journey around the world: to Elsinore in Denmark, London’s Globe theatre, a prison in Berlin, taking in Hollywood as they go. Along the road they consult a whole host of helpful luminaries, often going to great lengths to secure interviews with some of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time.

Dan and Giles were two friends who loathed Shakespeare at school. Then one day they saw Baz Luhrman’s film, Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and everything changed. They decided to become actors, made their way to London and fell in love with the Bard in the process. Determined to know what the secret is, and whether anyone else feels the same way, they grabbed their cameras and began their incredible journey, which was entirely self-funded. The result was one of the most eagerly anticipated films on the festivals circuit over the past two years.

DVD extras include: Shakespeare in Practice (65 mins) features actors and practitioners at London’s National Theatre Studios. Extracts from Shakespeare’s works, including Sonnets, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are accompanied by fascinating commentary by Ian McKellen, Bonnie Greer, Fiona Shaw, Peter Gill, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Henry Goodman and John Barton. The Willow Song (3 mins) is a music video with Judi Dench from the MUSE OF FIRE original soundtrack. Music partnering Shakespeare’s text is composed by Giles Terera.

 

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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