The Once and Future Shakespeare
Thursday 27 March 2014
Bodleian: Divinity SchoolVenue
As we approach Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebration, what do the next 50 years hold for his works? Actor and producer Ben Crystal, author of Shakespeare on Toast, Springboard Shakespeare, and co-author of Shakespeare’s Words and Shakespeare’s Miscellany discusses why our current approach to Shakespeare’s works may need to change, how we can learn from the practices of the past to see our way forward, and the dramatic effect these lessons may have on the existing canon.
Excerpts from Shakespeare will be performed by Crystal and members of his Shakespeare ensemble, all trained in cue-script rehearsal techniques, where each is only given their lines, and the first encounter with one’s fellow actors is on stage, in front of a paying audience.