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Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the Shakespeare Medal to Richard Easton and The Public Theater's Oskar Eustis presented the Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award to Hamish Linklater at the Shakespeare Society's Annual Playing Shakespeare Celebration. Scroll down for photos of the event, which included guests such as Lily Rabe, Jack O'Brien, Stephen DeRosa, Jacob Fishel, Jimmy Yuill, Dakin Matthews, Chukwudi Iwuji, and more!

Hamish Linklater is currently appearing as Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Shakespeare in the Park; his previous credits include THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Drama Desk nomination), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and TWELFTH NIGHT (Drama Desk nomination). Richard Easton won the Tony Award for THE INVENTION OF LOVE and has appeared in COAST OF UTOPIA, 76 Shakespeare productions, including HENRY IV with Kevin Kline, and HENRY V directed by and starring Sir Kenneth Branagh.

The Shakespeare Society is is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of William Shakespeare's works through performance, commentary, and educational activities.

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Hamish Linklater and Jayson Polanco

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Richard Easton and Michael Sexton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Richard Easton and Artistic Director Michael Sexton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Sir Kenneth Branagh presents Richard Easton with the Shakespeare Medal

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh with The Shakespeare Medal for Richard Easton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Scene from Hamlet performed by Jacob Fishel, Jayson Polanco (Hamlet), Stephen DeRosa

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Hamish Linklater

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Hamish Linklater accepting The Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Oskar Eustis - Artistic Director of The Public Theater gives The Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award to Hamish Linklater

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Sir Kenneth Branagh with Jayson Polanco (Hamlet in the Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble)

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Jimmy Yuill, Richard Easton, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and Michael Sexton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
The Shakespeare Society's Board President Ann McDonald, guest, Richard Easton, and Jack O'Brien

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Michael Sexton and Richard Easton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Richard Easton accepting the Shakespeare Medal

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Richard Easton accepting the Shakespeare Medal

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Sir Kenneth Branagh presenting The Shakespeare Medal to Richard Easton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Jack O'Brien (Director, Much Ado About Nothing - The Public Theater) introduces Sir Kenneth Branagh

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Scene from Hamlet - Jacob Fishel, Jayson Polanco (Hamlet), Stephen DeRosa

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Scene from Hamlet - Jacob Fishel, Jayson Polanco (Hamlet), Stephen DeRosa

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Hamish Linklater accepts The Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Oskar Eustis - Artistic Director of The Public Theater gives The Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award presented to Hamish Linklater

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, and Michael Sexton

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Jack O'Brien, guests, Betsy Davidson Pickering (Executive Director of The Shakespeare Society), J. Clint Allen, Kim Bendheim, and Joan Davidson (Board of The Public Theater)

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Jack O'Brien, Jimmy Yuill, Sir Kenneth Branagh, L. Michelle Palmour (Membership & Marketing Director for The Shakespeare Society), and Danai Pointer (Bloomberg consultant)

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, Nella Vera ( Theatre for a New Audience's Marketing Director), and guests



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