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.

Katy Stephens

July 2, 2013
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Katy's first encounter with Shakespeare, As You Like It for GCSE 'didn't mean anything' to her, although she would later play Rosalind in Michael Boyd's 2009 production.

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Robin Soans

June 6, 2013
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Robin Soans, playing Polonius in Hamlet and Corin in As You Like It has over 40 years' theatrical experience. I ask him what he has learnt through accessing Shakespeare himself and how pathways for others can be created through performance.

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Pippa Nixon

May 21, 2013
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How do you move from finding Shakespeare's language rather intimidating to feeling that you now 'inhabit' it? This is the line I explored with Pippa Nixon, currently playing Rosalind in As You Like It and Ophelia in Hamlet.

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Alex Waldmann

April 29, 2013
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I meet Alex a couple of days after press night when he finds a slot in a busy schedule - he is playing in all three Shakespeares scheduled at the moment in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Hamlet, As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well.

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Ian McDiarmid

March 20, 2013
Ian McDiarmid

To be taken backstage to meet an actor you've just seen in performance is a privilege, but if you are only five years old, fascinating it may be but intimidating, scary.

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Jodie McNee

March 20, 2013
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From the pubs and clubs of Merseyside to the Swan Theatre stage.

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Bethan Walker

February 28, 2013
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It's a big ask to be expected to understudy both Hermione and Perdita in your RSC debut season. But a challenge that Bethan Walker embraced.

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Rakie Ayola

February 18, 2013
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Shakespeare, So what? That would have been actor Rakie Ayola's response at age 17.

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Jo Stone-Fewings

February 18, 2013
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If you find yourself playing Oberon when you are 12, you may reap the benefit when you are 44. Jo says that he doesn't generally retain the lines of a role after the run. But when he played Oberon two years ago he magically found that he knew the lines.

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Bart David Soroczynski

February 18, 2013
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Bart David Soroczynski played Doctor Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has an international perspective on theatre arising mainly from his postgraduate experience over the past 10 years.

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