Pathways to Shakespeare

How did our actors and directors first find Shakespeare? What drew them to it in the first place and kept them coming back?

Viv Graver

Viv Graver  is a retired teacher, who taught Shakespeare for more than 30 years in the north of England. Her blog is a series of interviews with RSC cast and creatives about their path to Shakespeare and how they first came to it, at school and elsewhere.

Joanna Vanderham

August 25, 2015

Joanna admits that moving from rehearsal room to the thrust stage was nerve-wracking but by the third preview she was feeling better.

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Geoffrey Freshwater

August 4, 2015

Miles Richardson who is working alongside Geoff in Volpone says, “he never complains, he simply gets on with the job. He is a national treasure”.

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David Troughton

March 9, 2015

David, playing the exuberant Simon Eyre in The Shoemakers' Holiday, has over 20 RSC performances to reflect on. While he tells me 'a play can be whatever you want it to be' it is clear that he has his own preferences with Shakespeare.

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John Heffernan

February 16, 2015

After seeing John Heffernan's mesmerising performance as Oppenheimer I was delighted to explore how his experience of Shakespeare helped to shape his performance.

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Nick Haverson

January 16, 2015

Nick Haverson, working at the RSC for the first time, has important roles in all three plays this season.

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Michelle Terry

December 30, 2014

Michelle set her heart on acting when she was quite young, but had enough sense to think that it might not happen. 'I could do Shakespeare forever, I love him,' she says.

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Edward Bennett

December 30, 2014

'I could happily spend the rest of my life here, doing Shakespeare,' Ed tells me. But he knows that you can only take what you are given.

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David Rintoul

November 25, 2014

David Rintoul has been with us for the Roaring Girls Season in which we have seen him in The Roaring Girl, The White Devil and The Witch of Edmonton.

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On Their Feet and On The RSC Stage all 300 of them!

November 4, 2014

The RSC this term has provided a magical footpath to Shakespeare by bringing together Stratford's school children to perform their version of Henry IV Part I and II and Henry V.

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Who is Silvia?

September 15, 2014

I caught up with Sarah MacRae in her final week playing Sylvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Stratford.

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