Gregory Doran in Conversation with Sir Antony Sher: On Looking Forward to Working Together Again, and Looking Back on Their Previous Shakespeare Collaborations
Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher, partners in the theater and in life, will discuss their past and future collaborations on Shakespearean productions in a conversation to be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau St. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Performance Central, “Gregory Doran in Conversation with Sir Antony Sher: On Looking Forward to Working Together Again, and Looking Back on Their Previous Shakespeare Collaborations ” is free and open to the public.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome these two luminaries of the world stage to Princeton,” notes Michael Cadden, Chair of the Lewis Center. “When the opportunity arose to invite them here, in connection with Doran’s production of Julius Caesar at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, I jumped at the chance to give our students and the regional community the opportunity to hear from two of the most important interpreters of Shakespeare of our age.”
Doran was named Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), where he began his career as an actor in 1987, in September of 2012. His extensive directing credits at the RSC include a Macbeth starring Sher and a Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. He is currently working with Tennant on an upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Richard II. His first RSC production, in 1992, was Derek Walcott’s adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey; his most recent was a version of the Chinese play The Orphan of Zhao, adapted by poet James Fenton, currently teaching at the Lewis Center. Doran’s work has received numerous awards, including an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement of the Year for his season of seldom-performed Jacobean plays. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Nottingham and his alma mater, the University of Bristol. In 2012, he received the Sam Wanamaker Award from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He is the 2012-2013 incumbent of the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama at Oxford University. Doran is also the author of The Shakespeare Almanac (2009) and Shakespeare’s Lost Play: In Search of Cardenio (2011).
Sir Antony Sher, originally from South Africa, is one of the most celebrated actors of the British stage. In 2000, he was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama. Before joining the RSC in 1982, Sher worked at Liverpool’s Everyman Theater and London’s Gay Sweatshop and the Joint Stock Theatre. He has performed many of Shakespeare’s leading roles with the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, and various theaters in South Africa. In 1985, he received a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performances in Shakespeare’s Richard III and Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy; he won again in 1997 for Pam Gems’s Stanley. Among his film roles are Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Mrs. Brown and Dr. Moth in Shakespeare in Love. Sher is the author of several plays (including his one-man show about Primo Levi), four novels, and a number of books about his theatrical experiences, including Woza Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus in South Africa, written with Doran. According to Cadden, Sher’s The Year of the King, about preparing to play Richard III at the RSC, “is the best book ever written on how an actor might approach a role.” Sher is also a distinguished visual artist, theater and television director. He holds honorary degrees of the universities of Liverpool, Warwick, and Cape Town.
The conversation between Doran and Sher will focus on numerous projects they have worked on together over the years, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale, and their plans for forthcoming projects. Frequent collaborators onstage, Doran and Sher are also life partners. They have been together since 1987 and entered into a civil partnership in 2005.
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Free and open to the public
James M. Stewart '32 Theater
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton, New Jersey