John Barton and Peter Hall event

17 June 2010

John Barton and Peter Hall talk about Shakespeare's text and verse

On Sunday 27 June at 3pm, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon is the venue for a unique event – a talk by two of this country's leading directors and practitioners of Shakespeare's text.

Sir Peter Hall and John Barton CBE share over 50 years of experience of working on Shakespeare's text and verse. They will look back on their work, focusing on how the text itself can help the actor, and ways in which they have shared, learned and changed the way they now work.

Other directors with whom John Barton has worked during his long association with the RSC have also been invited to share their insight including Gregory Doran and Trevor Nunn. We hope that they will be able participate in the event.

Working on Text and Verse
Sunday 27 June, 3pm at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tickets cost £10 (£8 RSC Members and £5 16-25 year olds)
Box Office: 0844 800 1110

For further information please contact Nada Zakula in the RSC Press Office on 01789 412622 or

Notes to Editors:

Sir Peter Hall was founder and Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960-68), Director of the National Theatre for fifteen years and in 2003 became the founding director of The Rose Theatre Kingston. Peter Hall's most recent production for The Rose was Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Judi Dench which reunited them in an enduring theatrical relationship which has lasted some fifty years. Sir Peter directed John Barton's Tantalus in 2000 and he is the author of a number of books on the theatre including Shakespeare's Advice to the Players.

John Barton CBE has been an active director of the RSC for over 40 years. He directed over 30 productions either on his own or as a collaborator with Sir Peter Hall and Trevor Nunn. Some landmark productions at the RSC include 1969's Twelfth Night with Judi Dench as Viola and Donald Sinden as Malvolio and 1970s's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Patrick Stewart as Oberon. He is currently an Advisory Director of the RSC. John Barton possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of Shakespeare and is known to be able to identify one of his plays from a single line of text.

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