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AETN Arts Friday: Don't Stop Please & Shakespeare Uncovered

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Enjoy the best Arkansas and the stage have to offer this AETN Arts Friday with Don’t Stop Please and “Shakespeare Uncovered.” Starting at 6:30 p.m., “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Don’t Stop Please” introduces a rousing concert from the local music darlings. Then, join David Jacobi for “Richard II” at 9 p.m. and Jeremy Irons for “Henry IV & Henry V” at 10 p.m. with “Shakespeare Uncovered.”

With startlingly complex arrangements and mature songwriting, Don’t Stop Please has been winning the hearts of Arkansans with their near constant live performance schedule and fun-loving demeanor. It’s a sense of enjoyment that translates excellently to tonight’s episode of “AETN Presents”! Join the Conway-based band of multi-instrumentalists – Nick Caffrey, William Krzeszinski, Anna Horton, Joel Ludford, Robert Gaiser and Will King – for an energized evening of entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

Take a peek behind the scenes of the Shakespearian world with passionate, celebrated hosts with PBS’s six-part series “Shakespeare Uncovered.” Combining history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and celebrity hosts’ personal insights, this exciting series explores and revelas the extraordinary world and works of the great bard – and highlights the still-potent impact that they have today.

At 9 p.m., Derek Jacobi will take us with him as he returns to a role he played 30 years ago. Gain insight into his performance and acting style as he coaches actors at the Globe Theatre in aspects of the play – and reveals why its creation could have cost Shakespeare his life. Jacobi also examines some of the extraordinary parallels the play shares with modern politics as dictators across the globe are deposed. 

Following “Richard II,” is “Henry IV & Henry V” with Jeremy Irons as he introduces us to the play he will star in in an upcoming “Great Performances” adaptation. Uncover the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s “history plays” – from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare invented. In addition to taking viewers behind the scenes at the filming of some of the most important sequences in the new “Great Performances” adaptations, Irons provides insights in Shakespeare’s sources – and how he distorted them.

AETN Arts Friday

February 1, 2013

“AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Don’t Stop Please,” 6:30 p.m.
“Shakespeare Uncovered: Richard II With Derek Jacobi,” 9 p.m.
“Shakespeare Uncovered: Henry IV & Henry V With Jeremy Irons,” 10 p.m.