Getting to Know Your Plenary Speakers #3

Getting to Know Your Plenary Speakers #3: Jonathan Slinger

We hope you are all as excited as we are to hear that Jonathan Slinger is one of our plenary speakers for BritGrad 2013.

Slinger graduated from RADA in 1994 and since then has made a big name for himself on TV, radio, and the stage. His first RSC role was Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Gregory Doran. Other notable RSC performances include the eponymous characters of Richard II and Richard III in Michael Boyd’s Histories Cycles, and, of course, Macbeth.

More recently, Slinger played a major role in the RSC’s ‘Shipwreck Trilogy’ as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, where he played Prospero in The Tempest, Doctor Pinch in The Comedy of Errors, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He is also an associate artist of the RSC, and currently appears as Hamlet in David Farr’s production, which we will be seeing on the Thursday of this year’s conference.  

How kind of the Guardian to offer an amuse-bouche of Slinger’s take on playing Hamlet! Check it out.

Deborah Shaw confirmed for plenary!

It is our pleasure to announce that Deborah Shaw, Director of the World Shakespeare Festival and RSC Associate Director, will give a plenary session at this year’s conference.

Shaw joined the RSC in 2006 to direct the Complete Works Festival. Before that she served as Director of the Bath Shakespeare Festival, Artistic Director of Chester Gateway Theatre, and Associate Director of Watford Palace Theatre. She is a founding member of the Iraqi Theatre Company (Baghdad), and has produced shows internationally as well as producing many international shows here in the UK. She holds an MA from Cambridge and an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes. [You can read about more of Shaw’s impressive career on her RSC page.]

 

FURTHER READING:

Check out Ms Shaw’s Festival Director Blog for the WSF.

Stay connected to the Festival through the Year of Shakespeare site, launching Monday 23 April.

Richard III at the RSC

BritGrad is pleased to announce this year’s play offering is Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Roxana Silbert (Birmingham Rep (designate) Artistic Director, RSC Associate Director) directs, Ti Green designs. Specific casting not yet announced, but we do know that the actors will also perform in A Soldier in Every Son – An Aztec Trilogy, a Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México/RSC co-production, also directed by Silbert.

This production is part of the World Shakespeare Festival 

[Each year the conference secures a number of tickets to one show at the RSC, offered to attendees at a reduced rate.  Information about ticket purchase included in registration materials.]