Shakespeare Lives: Times change but Shakespeare remains (22/02/2016)

Lecture by the director Gregory Thompson
Sunday 28 February 2016, 12.00
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies
The award-winning director and University College London (UCL) Creative Entrepreneur in Residence Gregory Thompson will deliver a lecture, as part of the Shakespeare Lives programme of events that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616. The lecture has been organized by the British Council in collaboration with the British Embassy and the National Theatre of Northern Greece. 

Times change but Shakespeare remains

Taking performances of Shakespeare plays in the rain forest of the Caribbean, in the church where the great playwright is buried, in Karachi, in Kathmandu and in Royal Shakespeare Company productions as his points of reference, Thompson will explore how when a play was written, when it is set and when the production is staged all interrelate. He will also examine how this interrelation affects and speaks to the hearts of audiences today, a time when Shakespeare is as pertinent as ever and his work continues to be staged in theatres around the world.

About Gregory Thompson
Gregory Thompson is University College London (UCL) Creative Entrepreneur in Residence and an award-winning theatre director creating productions that combine ensemble performances with innovative stagings and actor-audience relationships. He has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic among others in the UK, and his own company AandBC has performed Shakespeare all over world. At UCL he matches scientists with performing artists to enhance, extend and disrupt academic activities to yield deeper or more surprising research outcomes, and applies creative and collaborative practices to enterprise activities.

The lecture will be delivered in English. There will be translation.
The lecture will be followed by a closed group discussion between the director and professional actors and drama school students.
Subject: Making Shakespeare / Rehearsal techniques.
Number of people: 30 (registration required)
Vasiliko Theatre (Rehearsal Hall -3), 14.30 - 16.00
To register, please call: 2315.200.031 or 2315.200.064, Tuesday-Friday 10.00–15.00.
The discussion will be held in English.
Admission is free.