Great Performances

  • 1972
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perhaps its most famous. There have been more than 600 `Great Performances' all told. Some might have been...

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PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perhaps its most famous. There have been more than 600 `Great Performances' all told. Some might have been only `reasonable performances' (as Robin Williams once quipped), but many others were distinguished, among them some 50 Emmy nominees.

Guest Stars

Jeremy Irons
King Henry IV
13 Episodes (2013-2013)
Sting
6 Episodes (2004-2014)
Yo-Yo Ma
6 Episodes (2003-2012)
Ron Wood
4 Episodes (2005-2014)
4 Episodes (2013-2014)
4 Episodes (2004-2011)
4 Episodes (2004-2014)
3 Episodes (2000-2001)
Hastings, Peter Wentworth
3 Episodes (2016-2016)
Westmoreland
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
Francis, Oswald
3 Episodes (2009-2013)
Julie Walters
Mistress Quickly
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
Patrick Stewart
Claudius, John of Gaunt, Macbeth
3 Episodes (2010-2013)
Paul Simon
3 Episodes (2000-2016)
Sophie Okonedo
Queen Margaret
3 Episodes (2016-2016)
Bardolph
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
Exeter
3 Episodes (2013-2016)
3 Episodes (2000-2012)
Boris Thomashefsky, Jud Fry
3 Episodes (2003-2013)
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
Tom Hiddleston
Henry V, Prince Hal
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
Benedict Cumberbatch
Richard III
3 Episodes (2014-2016)
Plantagenet, Richard of York
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
Northumberland
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Angela Lansbury
Daisy Werthan
2 Episodes (2015-2015)
Ben Daniels
Buckingham
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Don Henley
2 Episodes (2007-2013)
Hugh Jackman
Curley, Curly
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
Ian McKellen
King Lear
2 Episodes (2009-2014)
2 Episodes (2009-2016)
Gus the Theatre Cat, Gus, the Theatre Cat
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
Judi Dench
Cecily, Duchess of York
2 Episodes (2014-2016)
Stepsister Portia, The Duchess
2 Episodes (2004-2004)
Keeley Hawes
Queen Elizabeth
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Maggie Smith
Mrs. Violet Venable
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
Aunt Eller
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
Michael Gambon
Mortimer
2 Episodes (2014-2016)
Patti LuPone
Joanne, Old Lady
2 Episodes (2005-2013)
Mario Cavaradossi, Rigoletto
2 Episodes (1999-2014)
Baron Scarpia, Sparafucile
2 Episodes (2011-2011)
Andrew Carnes
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
2 Episodes (2006-2009)
Pistol
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Kenny G
2 Episodes (2007-2008)
Munkustrap
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
2 Episodes (2007-2011)
Doll Tearsheet
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Maximillian, Simeon
2 Episodes (2000-2005)
2 Episodes (2004-2012)
Somerset
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Young Cecily
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Old Deuteronomy
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
Bustopher Jones
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
Paula Zahn
2 Episodes (2006-2011)
Demeter
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
Butler
2 Episodes (2000-2014)
King Louis
2 Episodes (2014-2016)
2 Episodes (2008-2014)
Wanderer/Wotan, Wotan Donald
Elaine Paige
Grizabella, Grizabella the Glamour Cat
2 Episodes (2003-2014)
Suffolk
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Jeff Beck
2 Episodes (2008-2011)
Bobby Child, Larry
2 Episodes (1999-2013)
Will Parker
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
Harrison Howell, Reuben
2 Episodes (2000-2003)
Horatio, Lord Ross
2 Episodes (2010-2013)
Ali Hakim
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
2 Episodes (2006-2014)
2 Episodes (2006-2014)
Bombalurina
2 Episodes (2014-2014)
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Ado Annie
2 Episodes (2003-2013)
Rory Kinnear
Henry Bolingbroke
2 Episodes (2013-2014)
Clarence
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Michelle Dockery
Kate Percy
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Poins
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
2 Episodes (2008-2011)
Henry VI
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Coleville
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Lady Anne, Queen Anne
2 Episodes (2016-2016)
Gloucester
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
2 Episodes (2013-2013)
Alec Baldwin
Luther Billis
1 Episode (2006)
Stepsister Joy
1 Episode (2004)
Andrew McCarthy
Martin Musgrove
Austin Pendleton
The White Rabbit
Boolie Werthan
1 Episode (2015)
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Emile de Becque
1 Episode (2006)
Chris Sarandon
Comte de Guiche
1 Episode (2009)
Christopher Plummer
John Barrymore
1 Episode (2014)
Clarke Peters
Walter de Courcy
1 Episode (2009)
Roxane's Duenna/Sister Marthe
1 Episode (2009)
Craig Bierko
Peter
1 Episode (2013)
Traveller
1 Episode (2013)
David Bradley
Gardener
1 Episode (2013)
David Hayman
Worcester
1 Episode (2013)
Duke of York
1 Episode (2013)
Gentleman
1 Episode (2009)
The Mock Turtle
Donny Osmond
Joseph
1 Episode (2000)
The Queen
1 Episode (2004)
Dylan Baker
Cdr. William Harbison
1 Episode (2006)
Fairy Godmother
1 Episode (2004)
Eve Arden
The Queen of Hearts
Goneril
1 Episode (2009)
Lorenzo
1 Episode (2001)
The Caterpillar
The Lord Chief Justice
1 Episode (2013)
George Harrison
Himself
1 Episode (2012)
Duke of Cornwall
1 Episode (2009)
Hugh Bonneville
Gloucester
1 Episode (2016)
Iain Glen
Warwick
1 Episode (2013)
Hubert Stout
Ian McNeice
Potiphar
1 Episode (2000)
The Stepmother
1 Episode (2004)
The King of Hearts
James Earl Jones
Hoke Colburn
1 Episode (2015)
James Purefoy
Thomas Mowbray
1 Episode (2013)
Mother
1 Episode (1999)
Aunt Jessie
1 Episode (2012)
Joan Collins
Potiphar's Wife
1 Episode (2000)
Sheriff
1 Episode (2013)
John Hurt
The Chorus
1 Episode (2013)
John Lennon
Himself
1 Episode (2004)
Player King
1 Episode (2010)
Jon Cryer
David
1 Episode (2013)
The Prince
1 Episode (2004)
Earl of Kent
1 Episode (2009)
Bessie Thomashefsky
1 Episode (2012)
Julie Andrews
Cinderella
1 Episode (1999)
Kevin Kline
Cyrano de Bergerac
1 Episode (2009)
Kristin Chenoweth
Cunegonde
1 Episode (2001)
Charles, King of France
1 Episode (2013)
Everett Baker
1 Episode (1999)
King Ludwig II
Lindsay Duncan
Duchess of York
1 Episode (2013)
Starlet
1 Episode (2012)
Maureen Stapleton
The White Queen
Macduff
1 Episode (2010)
Bullcalf
1 Episode (2013)
Rubber Man
1 Episode (2012)
Nathan Lane
The Dormouse
1 Episode (2001)
Lady Northumberland
1 Episode (2013)
Archbiship of York
1 Episode (2013)
Captain Fluelin
1 Episode (2013)
Paul Freeman
Thomas Erphingham
1 Episode (2013)
Paul McCartney
Himself
1 Episode (2004)
Gertrude
1 Episode (2010)
Lilli Vanessi
1 Episode (2003)
Sancho
1 Episode (2001)
Reba McEntire
Ens. Nellie Forbush
1 Episode (2006)
Abbot of Westminster
1 Episode (2013)
Richard Burton
The White Knight
Duke of Burgundy
1 Episode (2013)
Westmorland
1 Episode (2016)
The Businessman
1 Episode (2005)
Ringo Starr
Himself
1 Episode (2004)
Rob Lowe
Dr. Cukrowicz
Don Quixote
1 Episode (2001)
Pharaoh
1 Episode (2000)
Romola Garai
Cordelia
1 Episode (2009)
Sister Felicity
Bishop of Winchester
1 Episode (2016)
Stephen Fry
Humphrey Taylor
Douglas
1 Episode (2013)
Tim Roth
Nick Finchley
Army Sergeant
1 Episode (2012)
Laertes
1 Episode (2010)
Groom
1 Episode (2013)
Daniel Sunjata
Christian de Neuvillette
1 Episode (2009)
Sally Hawkins
Duchess of Gloucester
1 Episode (2016)
Shallow
1 Episode (2013)
Josh Groban
Anatoly Sergievsky
1 Episode (2002)
Candide
1 Episode (2005)
Earl of Gloucester
1 Episode (2009)
Idina Menzel
Florence Vassy
1 Episode (2009)
Ragueneau
1 Episode (2009)
Mowbray
1 Episode (2013)
Duke of Anjou
1 Episode (2016)
Carbon de Castel-Jaloux/Drunkard
1 Episode (2009)
Marquis de Brissaille/Gascony Cadet
1 Episode (2009)
Tandy
1 Episode (2013)
Dumbshow Queen/Priest
1 Episode (2010)
Narrator/Dr. Pangloss/Voltaire
1 Episode (2005)
The Cheshire Cat
Lear's Fool
1 Episode (2009)
Hastings
1 Episode (2013)
Freddie Trumper
1 Episode (2001)
Capulet
1 Episode (2002)
Apache Dancer
1 Episode (2000)
Marta
1 Episode (2008)
Countess Madeleine
Fred Graham
1 Episode (2003)
Bela Zangler
1 Episode (1999)
Abbot
1 Episode (2001)
Count Lilac
1 Episode (2014)
Gamache
1 Episode (2001)
Colman Domingo
Mr. Franklin/Joop/Mr. Venus
1 Episode (2010)
Capt. George Brackett
1 Episode (2006)
Friar Lawrence
1 Episode (2002)
Roxanne Coss
1 Episode (2017)
Skimbleshanks Jr.
1 Episode (2014)
David Tennant
Hamlet
1 Episode (2010)
Jackie
1 Episode (2015)
Ligniere/Theophraste Renaudot
1 Episode (2009)
Lord Marshall
1 Episode (2013)
Friar Lawrence
1 Episode (2002)
Cesare Angelotti
Sacristan
1 Episode (2000)
Harry Lloyd
Mortimer
1 Episode (2013)
The King
1 Episode (2004)
Second Man
1 Episode (2003)
Court
1 Episode (2013)
Capulet
1 Episode (2002)
Paquette
1 Episode (2005)
1 Episode (2014)
Bad General
1 Episode (2001)
Lank Hawkins
1 Episode (1999)
Hotspur
1 Episode (2013)
Rum Tum Tugger
The Little Prince
1 Episode (2005)
Mrs. Holroyd
Hattie
1 Episode (2003)
Jester
1 Episode (2000)
The Fox
1 Episode (2005)
Bloody Mary
1 Episode (2006)
Jodelet/A Capuchin/Gascony Cadet
1 Episode (2009)
The Rose
1 Episode (2005)