Tue, 01/18/2011

New from "The Archive of American Television Presents" DVD Series - "John Gielgud's Ages of Man"

“All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players."
–William Shakespeare, As You Like It

The latest release in "The Archive of American Television Presents" DVD series is now available. The art of acting has rarely been demonstrated with such brilliance as in Sir John Gielgud's Ages of Man. Adapted from George Rylands’s anthology, the one-man performance features a selection of Shakespearean soliloquies and sonnets exploring the journey of life from birth to death.

Showcasing the preeminent actor’s extraordinary talents, Ages of Man was performed to sold-out audiences around the world and won Gielgud a special Tony Award for "contribution to theatre for his extraordinary insight into the writings of Shakespeare." This Emmy Award-winning performance – produced for television and presented in two parts – was originally broadcast on CBS in 1966 and is now available for the first-time ever in any format.

12-page booklet with written contributions by theatre critic Michael Billington and the Archive of American Television
Excerpt from Ian McKellen’s “Acting Shakespeare”