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Spring has been the season of Shakespeare for Rufus Wainwright. The Canadian singer-songwriter has found himself immersed in the works of the Bard as part of commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. Wainwright recently released the album "Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets." The recordings feature guest vocalists including Florence Welch and Wainwright's sister, Martha, as well as spoken word performances from the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. Wainwright was also part of a star-studded BBC special arriving in Canadian theatres this week. "The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company" will be screened in select Cineplex cinemas on May 26 and June 5.

The special features a cross-section of musical, dance and dramatic performances, as well as a window into Shakespeare's own life. Award-winning stage and screen stars Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen join Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch among a host of talents honouring the dramatist. Wainwright sings "When, In Disgrace With Fortune And Men's Eyes" (Sonnet 29), which he first performed for 2002's "When Love Speaks," a recorded collection of sonnets.

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