Stars of stage and screen to 'Talk Shakespeare' - The Leamington Observer

Stars of stage and screen to 'Talk Shakespeare'

STARS of the stage and screen will be ‘Talking Shakespeare’ next month.

Antony Sher, David Suchet, Juliet Stevenson and Paterson Joseph will be taking part n the The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) online conversation series.

Lead by RSC artistic director, Gregory Doran, the actors will discuss their experience of performing Shakespeare at the RSC and beyond.

Other contributors to the series include Judi Dench, Ray Fearon, Harriet Walter, Patrick Stewart, Alexandra Gilbreath, David Tennant, Adjoa Andoh and Simon Russell Beale.

The live, online events series runs weekly on a Monday from 5pm to 6pm. Events are free to attend but with a suggested donation of £10 per session.

All donations received will go towards the Keep Your RSC campaign to help secure the future of the RSC and its mission to transform lives through amazing experiences of Shakespeare and great theatre.

* Antony Sher j(September 7) joined the RSC in 1982 playing the Fool in Adrian Noble’s King Lear, and his most recent Shakespearean role with the RSC was the title role itself in 2016 directed by Mr Doran in a production that toured to New York in 2018. In between, he has performed for the RSC in Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Othello, The Tempest, and Henry IV Parts I and II. He is regarded as one of Britain’s leading actors, as well as a respected author and artist, and was knighted in 2000 for his services to acting and writing.

* David Suchet (September 14) became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973 and has performed over 30 roles for the company including Bolingbroke in Richard II, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Orlando in As You Like It and the title role in Macbeth. He played the Duke of York in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown and is perhaps best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.

* Juliet Stevenson (September 21) joined the RSC after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and played her debut as Iras in Peter Brook’s Antony & Cleopatra in 1978. She went on to perform in Henry IV, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Troilus & Cressida and As You Like It. Her most recent Shakespearean role was as Gertrude in Hamlet at the Almeida, and she was nominated for an Emmy in 2019 for Outstanding Narrator in the TV series Queens of Mystery.

* Paterson Joseph (September 28) won second prize in the inaugural Ian Charleson Awards for his work at the RSC in the 1990-91 season as Patroclus in Troilus and Cressida, Oswald in King Lear and the Marquis de Mota in The Last Days of Don Juan. He understudied Simon Russell Beale as the King of Navarre in Terry Hands’ 1990 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Ralph Fiennes as Troilus in Sam Mendes’ production of Troilus and Cressida. When Ralph Fiennes left the RSC in August 1991, Paterson played Troilus until the production closed in January 1992. Most recently for the RSC, Paterson played Brutus in Julius Caesar, which played as part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.

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