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Stars of the RSC get to grips with Will's speeches

ROYAL Shakespeare Company Advisory Director John Barton and RSC Honorary Associate Artist Patrick Stewart will take part in Working with Shakespeare - a special event at 3pm on Sunday November 2 at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

ROYAL Shakespeare Company Advisory Director John Barton and RSC Honorary Associate Artist Patrick Stewart will take part in Working with Shakespeare - a special event at 3pm on Sunday November 2 at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Together John and Patrick will explore the chorus speeches from Henry V to see how Shakespeare's text itself can help and inform the actor.

Patrick Stewart is currently playing the Ghost and Claudius in Gregory Doran's critically acclaimed production of Hamlet. He first worked for the company in 1966, and his many RSC credits include: The Winter's Tale, Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The White Guard, The Biko Inquest, Hippolytus and The Merchant of Venice. He played Enobarbus in Peter Brook's 1978 production of Antony and Cleopatra (with Alan Howard and Glenda Jackson in the title roles).

Patrick's most recent roles for the RSC, prior to appearing in Hamlet, were as Antony in Gregory Doran's Antony and Cleopatra and Prospero in Rupert Goold's production of The Tempest (both in 2006). He was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Macbeth in Rupert Goold's Chichester Festival production, which transferred from the West End to Broadway earlier this year. His many films include Star Trek and X Men.

John Barton has worked with the RSC for nearly 50 years, first as Assistant Director and then as RSC Associate Director, a position he held for 30 years. Today John is RSC Advisory Director, regularly working with actors in the rehearsal room.

Renowned for his Shakespeare workshops and master-classes in Europe and America, John's unique form of teaching has inspired actors from the spheres of both theatre and film. Throughout his career, he has written and adapted works for theatre, notably, The Hollow Crown (1961), The Wars of The Roses, with Peter Hall (1963), The Greeks (1980), the Morte D'Arthur (1983) and Tantalus (2000).

RSC Artistic Director, Michael Boyd, said: "John approaches the text with an actor, not on their behalf. He has the rare gift of weaving his own deep understanding and knowledge of Shakespeare's language so lightly, that others find it easy to share with him.

"His insights are pragmatic and theatrical, not scholarly or literary, and he sees his task as helping the actor to make Shakespeare's language work."

Working with Shakepeare takes places on November 2 at The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford. For tickets call 0844 800 1114 or see www.rsc.org.uk.

 

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