Shakespearean Actor Brian Cox Teaches Hamlet’s Soliloquy to a 2-Year-Old Child

in Theatre | April 24th, 2015

Perhaps you’ve seen Scottish actor Brian Cox in blockbuster films like Braveheart, The Bourne Identity, or Troy. Or, if you’re lucky enough, you’ve seen him perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in critically-acclaimed performances of The Taming of The Shrew and Titus Andronicus. But there’s perhaps another role you haven’t seen him in: tutor of toddlers. Several years back, Cox taught Theo, then only 30 months old, the famous soliloquy from Hamlet, hoping to show there’s a Shakespearean actor in all of us. Later, Cox talked to the BBC about his “masterclass” with Theo and what he took away from the experience. Watch him muse right below:

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  1. Michael Brown says . . .
    April 24, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Thank you. I really enjoyed that and who would have ever thought of teaching a 2 yr. old Shakespeare?

  2. Sharon Dempster says . . .
    April 27, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    That was fantastic a brilliant student! A 2 yr old Shakespearean niiiice!

  3. Jim Ruddle says . . .
    April 29, 2015 / 5:18 am

    When my oldest daughter was about the same age I astounded some guests as the tot stood on a coffee table, gesturing as she spoke, and recited the “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day…” soliloquy from Macbeth. I admit that “to the last syllable of recorded time” came out as “sibbibul”, but what the hell.

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