Two-time Olivier Award winner Adrian Scarborough returns to the podcast to give a masterclass in learning to love Shakespeare, studying him in drama school, and performing him professionally. Adrian shares experiences of learning Shakespeare at his mother’s knee; playing Shakespeare’s clowns; getting direction from Sam Mendes; occasional rush-hour trains going by; the advantage of dance training in performing Shakespeare; an auspicious debut (playing young doomed Macduff as a child); an intensity of intention; how to root one’s self in rehearsal; the importance of heading for the full stop and the dogged pursuit of an idea; and the value of going for the truth instead of going for the comedy…because going for the truth gives you better comedy. (Length 22:51)

  1. American Players Theatre in Spring Green Wisconsin is another rotating Rep. It only runs June through the end of October, but runs 8 shows of which all 8 will play in weekends in August and September. It’s close enough to Chicago, Milwaukee and the Twin Cities for a nice weekend getaway and I day-trip matinees from Milwaukee. I highly recommend checking them out.

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