Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Shakespeare’s Sonnets features specially filmed readings of every sonnet by a star-studded cast.

Illuminations collaborated with Touchpress, Faber and Faber, and The Arden Shakespeare on the production of a ground-breaking literary app. Shakespeare’s Sonnets features specially filmed readings of every sonnet by a star-studded cast, as well as beautifully integrating the complete Arden notes illuminating the 154 poems.

Illuminations filmed new performances of all 154 sonnets by a stellar cast including Sir Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall, David Tennant, Simon Russell Beale, Dominic West, Siân Phillips, Fiona Shaw, Dame Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Stephen Fry, and poets Don Paterson and Sir Andrew Motion. We also shot extended interviews with leading scholars including Professors Katherine Duncan-Jones, James Shapiro and Henry Woudhuysen.

In addition to being integrated into the app, of which the Sunday Times said that it “definitively sets the bar for the future of digital reading”, the performances of the Sonnets are also available separately on a specially designed DVD, available from Illuminations.

Filmed and produced: John Wyver

Buy Shakespeare’s Sonnets on DVD.