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The actor’s celebrated one-man show takes the form of an evening spent in the company of the Russian writer towards the end of his life. In it he reminisces about his life, his times and work; he demonstrates his writing technique by telling stories, speaks about the theatre and engages deeply and humorously with his English audience. The show premiered at the National Theatre in 1984, since when it has toured the world. “Chekhov in all his humour and humanity” – Sunday Telegraph. “Marvellously done” – New York Times.
Complicité (complicite.org) choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies leads a full-day workshop to create a short dance piece with 40 women as part of the everything that rises must dance project [watch here] – a community dance piece created with 200 women of all ages, backgrounds and dance experience, celebrating female movement and dance from around the world. Participants of all abilities are welcome and there will be a short flash performance in the Hay Festival garden at the end of the workshop. Please wear comfortable clothes.
The peerless theatre and film director discusses his life and his work with many of the greatest writers of this and every age. He talks about Shakespeare and language, about performance and interpretation, and he introduces and reads his debut collection of poetry.