The Hobart Shakespeareans
|The Hobart Shakespeareans|
|Directed by||Mel Stuart|
|Starring||Ian McKellen, Michael York|
The Hobart Shakespeareans of Hobart Boulevard Elementary School is a 2005 documentary film that tells the story of the inspirational inner-city Los Angeles school teacher Rafe Esquith whose rigorous fifth-grade curriculum includes English, mathematics, geography, and literature. The pinnacle of student achievement each year is the performance of a play by William Shakespeare; in the year of filming, that play was Hamlet.
The Hobart Shakespeareans drew the attention of renowned Shakespearean actors Ian McKellen and Michael York, who pay a visit to the class to watch their performance of Hamlet. Delighted with the students, York calls the Hobart Shakespeareans "one of the great Shakespeare troupes" in Los Angeles.
- Rafe Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans Official Site
- The Hobart Shakespeareans on IMDb
- P.O.V. The Hobart Shakespeareans - PBS website dedicated to the film
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