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Lecture and Talkback with Fiona Shaw, CBE

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present a lecture and talk back with Fiona Shaw, CBE, on Monday, February 4th at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Shaw, who has been regarded as one of the finest classical actresses of her generation, will speak on "Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies."

A leading Irish actress who regularly appears on the London stage, Shaw was awarded an honorary CBE, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in 2001. Shaw, who was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, received much acclaim for her role as Julia in the National Theatre production of Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals (1983). Among Shaw’s most notable roles are Celia in As you Like It (1984), Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987), Winnie in Happy Days (2007), and the title roles in Electra (1988), The Good Person of Sechuan (1989), Hedda Gabler (1991), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1998) and Medea (2000). She performed T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theater in New York (1996) and played the lead in Richard II, directed by Deborah Warner in 1995.

In addition to her outstanding theatrical career, Fiona Shaw has also worked in film and television, including My Left Foot, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, Gormenghast and as Aunt Petunia in the popular Harry Potter films. She comes to Princeton following her triumphant reprise of Winnie in Happy Days at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which closes on February 3.

Photography by Rankin

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