The Actors Centre

Transparent Shakespeare

WHAT IS IT? This day will focus on making Shakespeare’s language transparent, first to the actor and then to an audience. How do we tackle language that often feels obscure and far away? How can the metre and rhythm of the words help rather than hinder our delivery? How can Shakespeare enrich rather than alienate?

HOW WILL IT WORK? The day will focus on texts from Hamlet to give practical experience of tackling Shakespeare head on. Combining Simon’s playful style with detailed pointers, this will be a wonderful way of experiencing Shakespeare and discovering how to unleash his power.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? You will come away with a better understanding of the intention behind Shakespeare's language, and how to deliver it effectively.

Observer spaces are open to directors for this workshop. Participant Price: £55, Observers: £25

Workshop tier: ALL LEVELS

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Simon Godwin

Simon is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where his work has included Twelfth Night, Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Stratagem and Strange Interlude. This summer he will direct Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo there in Anthony and Cleopatra.This year Simon directed Hamlet for the RSC and will return there in the autumn to direct Kathryn Hunter in Timon of Athens.


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