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Shakespeare

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Event 68 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

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Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Event 345 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Jerry Brotton

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Price: £7.30
 
 

John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

The Two Johnnies do Hamlet!

Event 395 Venue: Oxfam Moot

John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

An irreverent, delightful and wickedly clever insight into Shakespeare’s greatest play, with a spectacular performance of their abridged version. Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; Crace is the Digested Read satirist and writes the parliamentary sketch for The Guardian.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Preti Taneja

We that are young: Imagining King Lear in India

Event 438 Venue: Starlight Stage

Preti Taneja

Taneja's debut novel We That Are Young sets Shakespeare’s King Lear in contemporary India, where the clash of youth and age, the rise of the religious right wing, the repression of free speech and civil conflict in Kashmir are ongoing. She discusses the hidden history, politics and urgent contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s plays in India. Chaired by Anil Dharker, Founder & Director of Tata Literature Live! the Mumbai LitFest

Preti Taneja is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

Dominic Dromgoole

Hamlet: Globe to Globe

Event 454 Venue: Cube

Dominic Dromgoole

Over two full years, Dromgoole and the players of Shakespeare’s Globe toured all seven continents performing Hamlet in sweltering deserts, grand Baltic palaces and heaving marketplaces. We see what the Danish prince means to the students of Cambodia, the effect of Polonius on the citizens of the tiny African nation of Djibouti and how a 16th century play can touch the lives of Syrian refugees. Shakespeare’s timeless power to transcend borders, to touch the human heart and to bring the world closer together has rarely been demonstrated in such a bold and brilliant way.

Price: £7.30