Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE, FBA
Provost, Worcester College
University of Oxford
The Theatre of Shakespeare's Sonnets
6pm, Tuesday 28 June 2016
Professor Sir Jonathan Bate is a renowned Shakespeare scholar known for his work in collaboration with theatre practitioners. A former British Academy Vice-President, he was on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company for ten years and was the author of Being Shakespeare, a one-man play for Simon Callow that opened at the Edinburgh Festival, toured nationally and internationally, and completed three successful runs in the West End. He is currently plotting with Mr Callow to create a new one man show based on Shakespeare's most renowned non-theatrical work: the Sonnets. How can poems be turned into theatre? How theatrical are the sonnets? As part of his research for this project, Sir Jonathan has been working with a group of young actors - who are also in his production of Twelfth Night in the gardens of Worcester College Oxford in celebration of Shakespeare400. They join him in a short workshop that turns a cluster of the sonnets into a theatrical encounter between a trio of characters: the poet, the beautiful young man, and the "dark" lady.