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Director and cast of the RSC First Encounters Taming of the Shrew share their views

SHAKESPEARE: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Director Michael Fentiman, actors Katy Stephens (Petruchio) and Forbes Masson (Katherina) talk to Judi Herman about the RSC’s First Encounters version of the play, which has been touring schools in a stripped-down, fast-moving production, 75 minutes in length, with the male roles played by women and vice versa.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on The Taming of the Shrew (1/2)

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN (1/2) The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. This production is a shortened version of the Shakespeare play aimed at young people and schools. He discusses the way it has been edited, the techniques he has used to make the story and setting more accessible to young people and what he thinks can make Shakespeare exciting and relevant today. With Q&A.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on The Taming of the Shrew (2/2)

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN (2/2) The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. This production is a shortened version of the Shakespeare play aimed at young people and schools. He discusses the way it has been edited, the techniques he has used to make the story and setting more accessible to young people and what he thinks can make Shakespeare exciting and relevant today. With Q&A.

Actor Joy Fernandes on The Merchants of Bollywood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ASIAN VOICES: JOY FERNANDES The Indian actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about appearing in the international smash-hit extravaganza The Merchants of Bollywood (Peacock Theatre, London and touring) and his role as Bottom in Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC, 2006). He also discusses working in commercial theatre, opportunities for Indian actors on stage in India and the size of his bottom.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Jeremy Herrin on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

25 January 2014

in Books, Directors, Playwrights

DIRECTOR’S TALK: JEREMY HERRIN The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, talks to RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox about them. The conversation includes breaking the ice with bad language, the challenge of putting on two plays at the same time, the set, the characters and expectations about what will come in Hilary Mantel’s next book.

Paul Bhattacharjee memorial event celebrating his life and work (1/2)

PAUL BHATTACHARJEE SPECIAL (1/2) Memorial, attended by more than 100 people from the theatre industry, for actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who died on 12 July 2013. Introduction by Jatinder Verma of Tara Arts; The Windhover by Gerald Manley Hopkins read by Katherine Walkden; Reflections by director Nicolas Kent (Tricycle Theatre); actor Naushaba Shaheen Khan; actor Avin Shah; actor Sohm Kapila.

Paul Bhattacharjee memorial event celebrating his life and work (2/2)

PAUL BHATTACHARJEE SPECIAL (2/2) Memorial, attended by more than 100 people from the theatre industry, for actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who died on 12 July 2013. Actor Shelley King reads a poem on behalf of a family friend; reflections from Balbeer Bahi (ex-Tara Arts), director Simon McBurney (A Disappearing Number) and poem February, written by his mother Anne Bhattacharjee, read by family member Jill Anderson.

Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton discuss putting Wolf Hall on stage for the RSC

INTERVIEW: HILARY MANTEL AND MIKE POULTON The multi-award-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies joins the experienced theatre adapter to discuss the process of bringing 1,000-odd pages of detailed historical fiction, charting the rise of Thomas Cromwell and the fate of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, to the RSC stage.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on Titus Andronicus

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Titus Andronicus in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. They discuss how and why history has let some of Shakespeare’s plays down, and his career from assistant to director and whether Titus is mad.

Pippa Nixon on four of her Shakespearean roles for the RSC

INTERVIEW: PIPPA NIXON The actress, who is currently playing Rosalind in As You Like It, directed by Maria Aberg, and Ophelia in Hamlet, directed by David Farr, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks to Judi Herman about these female roles; and about playing the Bastard in King John and Lady Anne in Richard III last year.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: David Farr on Hamlet

DIRECTOR’S TALK: DAVID FARR The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Hamlet in conversation with journalist Paul Allen. They discuss why Hamlet is still a student at the age of 30, why Gertrude remarries in the play and answer audience questions about the set for this production and how Farr chose what parts of Shakespeare’s text to cut.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Lucy Bailey on The Winter’s Tale

DIRECTOR’S TALK: LUCY BAILEY The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2013 production of The Winter’s Tale. Talking to RSC events co-ordinator Nicky Cox and taking questions from the audience, Bailey explains why she was reluctant to direct The Winter’s Tale and what made her change her mind. She also talks about the differences between Sicilia and Bohemia in the play, and about how she chose her fool. Following its run in Stratford, The Winter’s Tale is going on a UK tour to Milton Keynes, York, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Stoke.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Roxana Silbert on A Life of Galileo

DIRECTOR’S TALK: ROXANA SILBERT The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Life of Galileo in conversation with journalist Paul Allen. They talk about what Galileo means to Roxana, who comes from a family of physicists, about working with Mark Ravenhill, who provided the new translation of Brecht’s play, and about how Brecht’s Galileo relates to the real Galileo. A Life of Galileo is playing as part of The World Elsewhere, a season of three plays exploring what was going on in the rest of the world during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Professor Tony Howard investigates Multicultural Shakespeare

INTERVIEW: TONY HOWARD The University of Warwick professor talks to Suman Bhuchar about Multicultural Shakespeare, a major AHRC-funded project to record the contribution of Black and Asian artists to the development of Shakespearean performance in the UK.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: The Winter’s Tale

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: THE WINTER’S TALE Director Lucy Bailey tells Sophie Reynolds about the first act of The Winter’s Tale, which she is currently rehearsing for the RSC Winter Season, opening in Stratford-upon-Avon in January 2013. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: Much Ado About Nothing

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Iqbal Khan tells Sophie Reynolds about his Indian-inspired production for the RSC, currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Actor Madhav Sharma tackles Much Ado About Nothing

SHAKESPEARE: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Actor Madhav Sharma talks to Suman Bhuchar about his performance as Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, which is set in Delhi and directed by Iqbal Khan for the RSC as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

RSC director Greg Doran on his African Julius Caesar

SHAKESPEARE: JULIUS CAESAR Greg Doran, the RSC’s artistic director designate, talks in depth to Heather Neill about his critically acclaimed production of Julius Caesar, which is set in Africa and was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s experiences of reading the play while in prison on Robben Island. The production is touring to London and internationally.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: The Tempest

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: THE TEMPEST Director David Farr discusses the first act of the play, which he directed recently for the RSC, with Sophie Reynolds. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Tim Crouch describes his RSC Shakespeare solo, I, Cinna (The Poet)

INTERVIEW: TIM CROUCH The leading experimental theatre-maker talks to Dominic Cavendish about the latest in his series of solo shows turning the spot-light on a minor character in Shakespeare: I, Cinna (The Poet), a commission from the RSC to tie in with its revival of Julius Caesar, starring the actor Jude Owusu – and being streamed to schools around the UK on 2 July.

David Edgar’s masterpiece, Pentecost, revived

INTERVIEW: DAVID EDGAR The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his 1994 RSC play, Pentecost, a panoramic sweep through European history, culture and art that covers the new world order after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and which is currently being revived in a production at St Leonard’s church, in Shoreditch, East London, directed by Gavin McAlinden.

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