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Worcester College Provost’s Lecture: Year of the Mad King – The Lear Diaries

Antony Sher Interviewed by Jonathan Bate

Saturday, 17 March 2018

12:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

One of the greatest Shakespearean actors of modern times Sir Antony Sher reflects on his 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performance as King Lear – described by the Telegraph as ‘a crowning achievement in a major career’.

Sher kept a diary of his work on King Lear, revealing how he researched, rehearsed and performed one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles. He provides a fascinating insight into how a great Shakespearean actor creates a landmark performance.

Sher is a two-time winner of the Laurence Olivier Award and a respected director, author and artist. Most of his career has been at the RSC where he has played, among others, Richard III, Macbeth, Leontes, Prospero, Shylock, Iago and Falstaff. He has published four novels, plays, theatre journals, an autobiography, and diaries of his performances of Richard III and Falstaff.

Here he talks to Sir Jonathan Bate, provost of Worcester College and professor of English at the University of Oxford. His biography of John Clare won the Hawthornden Prize for Literature and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography. His recent Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is the author of many books on Shakespeare including The Genius of Shakespeare.

 

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine