This interactive workshop, created in association with the Lyric theatre, explores ways to access and engage with Shakespeare in the classroom using a series of practical-based exercises that focus on overcoming the linguistic and thematic challenges presented in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Writer Daniel Rosenthal discusses the various ways to analyse and engage with Shakespeare’s The Tempest in three different stages: reading, watching and writing about the play.
This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
In intimate detail, Michael Frayn describes how his research process unfolds when writing a new piece work, with particular reference to his historical plays Copenhagen, Democracy and Afterlife.
Willy Russell shares what he has learnt about what it takes to write a play with fascinating insight into his own life and career. He explores several of his key works in vivid detail, including Educating Rita, and gives a reading from Shirley Valentine.
Playwright and novelist Barney Norris, whose recent work includes Nightfall at Nicholas Hytner’s Bridge Theatre, gives an honest depiction of his experience as a young writer, from studying English Literature at university to working with British theatre company Out of Joint.
John Godber, one of the most performed playwrights in the UK, delves into his process for creating work that focuses on the plight of individuals who suffer judgement and misfortune as a result of class prejudice.
Writer Andrew Davies, best-known for adapting some of literature’s greatest novels for television, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, discusses the cinematic potential of language and the process of bringing words to life on screen.
British writer Lee Hall discusses the processes for creating some of his most popular works, such as the ground-breaking radio drama Spoonface Steinberg, the play of The Pitmen Painters based on the Ashington Group, and the film and musical adaptation of Billy Elliot.
Playwright Tanika Gupta discusses her writing process, inspiration and passion for adapting Meera Syal’s semi-autobiographical novel, Anita and Me, as well as exploring her career progression from radio dramas to stage plays.
Writer and director Polly Teale discusses her experience of dramatising the lives of the Brontë sisters, elaborating on the challenges they faced as women in the 19th century and examining the representation of their inner worlds through their work.
Diane Samuels takes an in-depth look at her award-winning play Kindertransport, exploring how real-life people and experiences helped to inspire its creation, and considers the importance of telling female stories.
Simon Godwin, Associate Director at the National Theatre, unravels the intricate layers of Pat Barker’s Regeneration and discusses his directorial intentions for staging Nicholas White’s adaptation at the Royal & Derngate theatre, Northampton, in 2014.
Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of gender with reference to Julius Caesar and As You Like It.
Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of love and sex with reference to Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of family with reference to Macbeth, King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of conflict with reference to Titus Andronicus, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In this interview, Imtiaz Dharker provides an invaluable perspective on life as a poet. From the creation of images to the influence of other writers, Dharker explores the meaning of poetry and the inspiration for her writing.
“The writer is the thing. Sometimes I feel that I haven’t really earned the accolades – I didn’t write it, I’m only saying it out loud really. But when those big parts come along you do have a huge responsibility, and I will rise to that because I am my worst critic... So it's exhausting doing theatre, but wonderful.”
Ian Rickson, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, tells of his collaborative relationship with Butterworth, being thankful to lead actor Mark Rylance, and how recces to the shires helped to inform the atmosphere of the play. He explains the challenges of translating such a richly spiritual text into physical performance and the essentiality of trust amongst a theatre company, particularly when staging new writing.
Talking About Plays
Director Rebecca Gatward shares her experience of having twice-directed Peter Whelan's 1981 play. She explores the characters' origins in Whelan's own family history, the beauty of prose akin to working class poetry, and how the text lends itself so well to today's political landscape.
Talking About Plays
Ellie Kendrick played Juliet in Dominic Dromgoole's 2009 production, staged at Shakespeare's Globe.
Ellie shares how she thinks Shakespeare was able to write a teenage girl so accurately and how interrogating the text revealed Juliet as a much more radical and gothic character.
Filmed in 1987, this exclusive interview sees BBC Omnibus talk to the great American playwright at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US during the late twentieth century, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
In Henry IV and Henry V, Jeremy Irons (who is playing Henry IV in the new BBC films) uncovers the extraordinary appeal of Shakespeare's History Plays. He unravels the differences between the real history and the drama that Shakespeare creates. He discovers what William's sources were - and how he distorts them!
Shakespeare Uncovered: In Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Joely Richardson investigates (with a major contribution from her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of the two great comedies and the great comic heroines created by Shakespeare in those hugely popular plays.