Our Artistic Director is awarded the Hay Festival Medal for Drama, for dedicating his life's work to Shakespeare.

Gregory gave a talk at the festival about Shakespeare’s legacy in this 400th anniversary year, before being presented his medal on stage by festival director Peter Florence.

Peter said: “This 400th anniversary year allows us a moment not just to celebrate the work of Shakespeare himself, but also the individuals who have dedicated their life’s work to sharing his greatness. It has been a privilege to witness Gregory Doran’s work on stage and off in bringing Shakespeare to audiences globally and we’re thrilled to honour him at Hay.”

Gregory Doran in a dark blue shirt leaning on the balcony
Gregory Doran
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC – Image Licensing

Described by the Sunday Times as “one of the great Shakespearians of his generation”, Gregory has directed nearly three quarters of Shakespeare’s plays. Later this year he will direct King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role, and The Tempest, with Simon Russell Beale as Prospero.

The Hay Medals have been awarded annually since Britain’s Olympic year (2012), drawing inspiration from the original Olympic medal given for poetry.

As well as Gregory’s talk, the festival has hosted talks from our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, and Hamlet actor Paapa Essiedu, and education workshops for young people.

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