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To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Guardian Culture asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Damian Lewis performs Antony’s lines from Act III, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar. Antony has been granted permission to speak at Caesar’s funeral so long as he does not implicate the conspirators in his death, but he skilfully turns the crowd against them.

Alabama Song

Music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Bertold Brecht, performed by David Johansen. This music was also performed by The Doors.

GREAT story. “There’s a professional” says John Lithgow of his friend and former co-star Glenn Close, who covered for him when he made the biggest on-stage blunder of his career.

An introduction to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

Lots of British actors have really nailed their American accents, but Americans can’t seem to imitate their peers across the pond. We spoke with Erik Singer, a dialect coach based in New York, to find out why British actors appear to be so much more skillful when it comes to accents and dialect on the big screen.

Vanity Fair quizzed the stars of their British Portfolio on their favorite royals, American accents, and which English traditions need to finally cross the pond. Featuring Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, Judi Dench, Emily Blunt, Matthew Goode, Felicity Jones and more.

Dialect coach Erik Singer once again takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. Did Rami Malek do a good job speaking through prosthetics to become Freddie Mercury? How accurate was Jennifer Lawrence’s Long Island accent in Joy? Did Christian Bale nail former Vice President Dick Cheney?

Renée Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in the new movie “Judy” and to take on the role, she did what most people do and immersed herself in Judy Garland videos on YouTube.

She did all her own singing, too. Here she is singing “Over the Rainbow” as Judy:

Peter Sellers channeling Laurence Olivier channeling Richard III channeling The Beatles.

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