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 interviews

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.

Joseph Millson

Joseph Millson

11 November 2016

Joseph is back in the Swan Theatre playing the main role of Willmore in The Rover. He was last here ten years ago in Marianne Elliott’s Much Ado about Nothing.

James Corrigan

James Corrigan

3 October 2016

Heroism, love, pathos: James, who plays Palamon, loves The Two Noble Kinsmen.

Bethan Cullinane

Bethan Cullinane

26 September 2016

Bethan plays Innogen in Cymbeline. Bethan finds Innogen petulant, headstrong and flawed

Natalie Simpson

Natalie Simpson

5 September 2016

Never in her wildest dreams could Natalie have imagined this year at the RSC: Ophelia, Guideria and Cordelia in one season

Lucy Ellinson

Lucy Ellinson

15 July 2016

Lucy had worked in panto and done male impersonation in cabaret and found inspiration for her Puck there

Marcus Griffiths

Marcus Griffiths

1 June 2016

Marcus has become a familiar face to regular theatre goers. He is currently playing Laertes in Hamlet and Cloten in Cymbeline

Sandy Grierson

Sandy Grierson

16 May 2016

Anyone who has seen Sandy Grierson as Faustus must acknowledge the amazing energy of his performance

Paapa Essiedu

Paapa Essiedu

5 April 2016

10 years ago Paapa had never acted, yet here he is at 25 playing Hamlet at the RSC

Chu Omambala

Chu Omambala

10 March 2016

Shakespeare 'wasn't exactly a delight' at school for the A Midsummer Night's Dream actor

Dominic Skinner

Dominic Skinner

4 March 2016

How did a young architect find his way onto the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage playing Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Jonathan Broadbent

Jonathan Broadbent

4 January 2016

Actor Jonathan Broadbent's journey to Shakespeare, and how this informed his Swan Theatre roles in Love for Love and Queen Anne

Miles Richardson

Miles Richardson

12 November 2015

Miles says that his first memory of Shakespeare is “cold and green”

Patsy Ferran

Patsy Ferran

21 August 2015

Patsy just knew she had to accept the role of Portia, an opportunity not to be missed. But she worried that she might be doomed

Joanna Vanderham

Joanna Vanderham

25 August 2015

Playing Desdemona in Othello was a double first for Joanna Vanderham: her first Shakespearean role in her first big theatre

Nick Haverson

Nick Haverson

16 January 2015

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

Michelle Terry

Michelle Terry

30 December 2014

Interview with actor Michelle Terry from Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won

Edward Bennett

Edward Bennett

30 December 2014

Edward Bennett appeared as Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost and Benedick in Love's Labour's Won in 2014

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