Theatre Inaugural Lectures - Speaking the Speech: Actors, Scripts, Performances

Poster for Theatre Inaugural Lectures from Professor Michael Cordner and Professor Mary Luckhurst.

Monday 6 February 2012, 5.30PM

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cordner and Professor Mary Luckhurst

(Mis)advising Shakespeare’s Players

Professor Michael Cordner 

Shakespeare's scripts make severe, and ever changing, demands upon their players. Yet contemporary Shakespearean scholarship pays little attention to his persistent experiments with verse as a medium for drama, and the challenges those experiments pose to his performers. In his lecture Michael Cordner explores the advice offered by a variety of experts to contemporary actors as they prepare to rehearse a role in one of his plays.

Staging Biography: Actors on Real Lives

Professor Mary Luckhurst

Why are theatre and film directors currently obsessed with staging real lives?  What are the challenges of performing the lives of the celebrated?  Can a stage performance ever capture the detail of biography/autobiography? Mary Luckhurst reflects on these questions, examining the philosophies of various actors, including Colin Firth, Michael Sheen and Cate Blanchett.

Location: The Theatre, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, Heslington East Campus, University of York

Admission: All welcome. Drinks reception to follow.

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