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Actress Fiona Shaw to speak, Feb. 4

Fiona Shaw, a leading Irish actress who regularly appears on the London stage, will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Berlind Theatre.

Shaw, who has been regarded as one of the finest classical actresses of her generation, will speak on "Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies." The free event is sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Shaw was awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she has 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" (1995) directed by Deborah Warner.

In addition to her outstanding theatrical career, Shaw also has 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 reprise of Winnie in "Happy Days" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which closed on Feb. 3.

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