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.

Jasper Britton

June 20, 2014
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Jasper Britton shares his journey as an actor that led him to play King Henry IV, in Gregory Doran's productions of Henry IV Part I & II.

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Paul Jesson

April 7, 2014
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Having played Henry VIII in Greg Doran's first Shakespearean production for The RSC, Paul is back playing Wolsey in Mike Poulton's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.

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Nathaniel Parker

March 11, 2014
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Nathaniel Parker plays Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. He talks to Viv Graver about Tudor costumes, finding his pathway to Shakespeare and learning lines with Dustin Hoffman.

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Katy Stephens

February 27, 2014

Viv Graver talks to Katy Stephens about the latest First Encounter production - and observes young people 'getting' Shakespeare up close.

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Hilary Mantel

February 7, 2014

In an exclusive interview, Hilary Mantel talks to Viv about her pathway to Shakespeare and explains her own experience of him as 'a man who lived centuries before you were born, and didn't know you: but all the same, he knew you.'

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Guy Henry

January 16, 2014

Guy Henry is playing Hook in Wendy and Peter Pan this season. But he's also played his fair share of Shakespearean characters. He talks to Viv about his pathway to Shakespeare.

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Sam Collings

December 12, 2013

Sam Collings plays Octavius in our winter 2013 production of Antony and Cleopatra. He tells Viv about his journey to the Swan stage.

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Chuk Iwuji

December 5, 2013

Chuk Iwuji plays Enobarbus in our current touring production of Antony and Cleopatra. Here he talks about how he first discovered Shakespeare.

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Gracy Goldman

November 21, 2013

Gracy Goldman plays lady-in-waiting to the queen in Richard II this season. Here she tells Viv about how her own pathway to getting to grips with Shakespeare's language - and how young children understand him better than most.

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Sarah Ridgeway

October 30, 2013

Sarah appeared in all three plays in the summer 2013 season at the Swan Theatre. Here she tells Viv about her acting journey so far.

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