Talking Shakespeare

Join Gregory Doran and special guests as they talk about Shakespeare.

An exclusive series of online, live events for RSC SubscribersMembers and Patrons. Our Artistic Director Gregory Doran invites some very special guests and RSC Associate and Honorary Associate Artists to join him to talk about Shakespeare, their memories of the RSC and more.

We are pleased to announce five more Talking Shakespeare events, starting on 16 November. Tickets are now on sale. 

Please note, these events take place on the online platform Zoom. We'll email details of how to watch before each event starts. Tickets are free, but we would encourage all ticket buyers to make a donation of £10 to the Keep Your RSC campaign.

Our previous guests were Judi Dench, Ray Fearon, Harriet Walter, Patrick Stewart, Alexandra Gilbreath, David Tennant, Adjoa Andoh, Simon Russell Beale, Antony Sher, David Suchet, Juliet Stevenson and Paterson Joseph.

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Ian McKellen - 16 November, 6-7pm

Ian McKellen made his RSC debut in 1974 and has played many of Shakespeare’s leading roles for the Company, including Romeo and Macbeth (1976), Iago (Othello, 1989) and King Lear (2007). In June 2019, Ian brought his one-man show to Stratford-upon-Avon as part of his 80th birthday celebrations. Ian’s films include The Lord of the Rings and X-Men blockbusters.

Helen Mirren - 23 November, 6-7pm

Helen Mirren made her RSC debut in 1967 in Coriolanus. By 1968 she was playing Shakespeare’s leading ladies including Cressida (Troilus and Cressida), Hero (Much Ado About Nothing) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She has since played Ophelia (Hamlet, 1970), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, 1974), Margaret (Henry VI, 1977) and Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra, 1982). She has an extensive film and TV career.

Roger Allam - 30 November, 6-7pm

Roger Allam joined the Company for Titus Andronicus in 1981. He has played Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet, 1983), George Duke of Clarence (Richard III, 1984), Brutus (Julius Caesar, 1987), Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night, 1987) and Macbeth (1996). He created the role of Javert in Les Misérables (1985). His TV work includes EndeavourGame of Thrones and The Thick of It.

David Oyelowo - 7 December, 6-7pm

David Oyelowo joined the RSC in 1999 and was the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare, as King Henry VI (2001). His performance was critically acclaimed and won the 2001 Ian Charleson Award for best performance by an actor under 30 in a classical play. Film roles include Martin Luther King Jr in Selma (2014). TV includes Spooks (2002–2004) and Les Misérables (BBC, 2018).

Jane Lapotaire - 14 December, 6-7pm

2018 Pragnell Shakespeare Birthday Award winner Jane Lapotaire joined the RSC in 1974 to play Viola (Twelfth Night). Her roles include Rosaline (Love’s Labour’s Lost, 1978), Gertrude (Hamlet, 1992), Queen Katherine (Henry VIII, 1996), Duchess of Gloucester (Richard II, 2013) and Queen Isobel (Henry V, 2015). She played Édith Piaf (1978) in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and on tour. The show moved to Broadway in 1980 where she won the Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Play.


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