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  • Date and time: Thursday 18 April 2024, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Room P/X/001, School of Physics, Engineering and Technology Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Our guest speaker and actor, Rodolphe Fonty, will entertain you with a discussion about Shakespeare's references to painting and poetry. You will also see an artist sketching in front of live performances by professional actors and students from our talented Shakespeare Society. We have a collection of related oil paintings inspired by Shakespeare's literary masterpieces on display.

Image credit: Iain Will, artist

About the speaker

A graduate from the Sorbonne ( ‘agrégation’ and MA in English literature) and post-graduate from Trinity College, Cambridge (Knox Scholarship), Rodolphe Fonty also studied dramatic art, singing and ballet in various French conservatoires. He was a pupil of Irène Sicot from the Opéra de Paris. While still teaching English and giving lectures, he has been a bilingual ( French/ English) actor and stage director since 2016. He is also a voice artist for Dubbing Brothers, Paris. Moreover Rodolphe is a translator ( he translated academic articles for O.U.P. and a theatre play by Louis Chamack). He created a bilingual show of Shakespeare sonnets in 2021 for which he collaborated with British artist Iain Will. He is interested in exploring and developing the links between the visual and the performing arts. This season Rodolphe has been performing in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry VIII and Molière’s Médecin Volant and many other plays. He regularly gives poetry readings. Among his immediate projects are a Shakespeare Cabaret show (as a director and writer) and Molière’s Le Misanthrope (as an actor)… Living in Paris and London, Rodolphe Fonty has a passion for the arts and likes sharing his Franco-British culture with audiences.