Christopher Plummer is one of the world’s finest Shakespearean actors. Whether on the stage of the Stratford Festival or the soundstage of a “Star Trek” movie, his command of Shakespeare would even move the Bard himself to tears. He was a star before his recent Oscar win, but it’s still nice to see a fellow Canadian win Hollywood’s top prize.
I regret missing his concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last September, Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario, in which he combined readings from the Shakespeare play with music from the 1944 film adaptation. However, I stumbled upon a similar concert that is available online.
The opening gala Concert of Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival featured Plummer, who created a “Shakespeare and Music” concert. He recites famous Shakespearean passages in between selections by Mendelssohn, Korngold, Rota, and others.
Any fan of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” knows Plummer played General Chang, the Shakespeare-obsessed Klingon warrior that featured an eye-patch and bald head. I haven’t counted how many Shakespearean lines rolled off his tongue during the movie, but there are a lot, and I know it made me hungry to see and hear more of him doing Shakespeare.
The Ottawa concert is available online here:
If you like it as much as I did, you’ll definitely want to follow up with a repeat viewing of “Star Trek VI.”
Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war.