Stars in the Bard

Stars in the Bard looks at the connection between the Shakespearean canon and the astrology of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Somewhere between Nicolas Copernicus and Isaac Newton, astrological knowledge slipped from common usage.
How is it relevant today? And what did it mean to Joe Adler?


COLIN McPHILLAMY was born in the UK to Australian parents and trained in London at The Central School. New York work includes: Hangmen, The FerrymanInk, (Broadway), London Assurance, The Seafarer (The Irish Rep), The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout), House and Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club), Woman in Black and Waiting in the Wings (Broadway).

Regionally in the US, seasons at: NJ Shakespeare Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, The Guthrie, The Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Alley, The Rep, Actor’s Playhouse, Florida Stage and Palm Beach Dramaworks. US TV: Law & Order C.I., Zero Hour, The Blacklist Redemption.

UK includes seasons at: The National Theatre, in the West End, at the Edinburgh Festival and on British TV. Writing includes contributions to BBC Radio, published as The Tree House and Other Stories, also: An Actor Walks into China, and Actor Blog Plus. He has acted, and guest directed in Australia, New Zealand, and China.

Colin’s first professional engagement was to play a solo version of Shakespeare’s Henry V in which he played about 40,000 parts including both the French and English armies at the battle of Agincourt. While still a young man he became interested in astrology – he would have been an astronomer if he could have understood more than 3 pages of “Quantum Physics For Dummies” which he tried to read when he played the great Danish physicist, Neils Bohr – both Shakespeare and what Shakespeare calls “the skyey influences” have remained lifelong interests.