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INSIGHTS: The Actor Responds to the Literary Critic

September 26, 2014  ·  Bruce Montgomery Theatre

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Join us before the King Lear matinee performance on September 26 for a discussion led by David Howey, Head of the Acting Program for the University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts.


Charles Lamb considered King Lear "impossible to be represented on a stage." AC Bradley considered the play "Shakespeare's greatest achievement but not his best play." However, Shakespeare wrote for the stage, his actors and a seething pit of voluble groundlings and it was successful. The essence of all great drama is conflict, and in King Lear this conflict lies not only within and between families, it is also inherent in structure, philosophy, feeling and mood. The road to reconciliation and unity lies with the actors and the poetry.

David Howey is Head of the Acting Program at the Brind School. He was an actor in England for 30 years working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre Company, in London’s West End and in innumerable TV series and films. He has appeared on Broadway twice and performed Shakespeare across the USA.

This event is free for King Lear ticket holders.

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