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Famous names inducted into 'Shakespeare Hall of Fame'

Published: Thursday 5th of February 2009

A host of figures from the dramatic arts are to be inducted into the Shakespeare Hall of Fame.

Constructed by the Shakespeare Birth Trust at its visitor centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the exhibition will recognise some of the finest actors to portray the Bard's characters as well as other key figures associated with his life and work.

So far 12 of the eventual 13 inductees have been named. Among them is Leonardo DiCaprio, who shot to global fame in Baz Luhrman's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

British thespian favourite Kenneth Brannagh, widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation, is also included, alongside national treasures Patrick Stewart, Laurence Olivier and Judi Dench.

Elsewhere, writers Charles Dickens and Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary, are also included as champions of his work and reputation.

A shortlist of ten candidates to fill the final spot has also been released and it includes, perhaps most notably, current darling of the British theatre scheme David Tennant, who has just completed a brilliantly successful run as Hamlet.

LondonPass holders can embark on a tour of Shakespeare's Globe, the home of contemporary Shakespearean performance and study, for free.

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