A Muse of Fire: the enduring power of Shakespeare’s history cycle
The Shakespeare Lecture is presented by the Friends of the McGill Library in partnership with the Straford Festival.
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Actor and director Graham Abbey will explore Shakespeare’s legacy through an examination of the first half of the history cycle (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V). The talk will include some readings from the history cycle featuring Abbey and fellow Shaekspearean actress Michelle Giroux. It will be followed by a Q & A.
Stratford Festival biography 2016: Bolingbroke/Henry IV in Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Henry IV, Bates in Breath of Kings: Redemption and conceiver, adaptor and associate director of Breath of Kings. 17th season. Stratford: Philip the Bastard (King John), Iago (Othello), Posthumus (Cymbeline), Henry V, Macbeth, Romeo, Henry VIII, Jaques, Prince Hal (Henry IV), D'Artagnan (The Three Musketeers), Petruchio (Shrew), Aufidius (Coriolanus), Berowne (Love's Labour's Lost), Algernon (Earnest), Hap Loman (Death of a Salesman). Elsewhere: Hamlet (Resurgence); Jeff Skilling (Enron) (Theatre Calgary); Sam Byck (Assassins) (Talk Is Free/Birdland); Charles (The School for Scandal), Valère (The Molière Comedies) (Chicago Shakespeare). TV:Series lead: The Border (CBC). Recurring: Degrassi, Murdoch Mysteries, Covert Affairs,Republic of Doyle. Guest star: Flashpoint, Lost Girl, Rookie Blue, Warehouse 13, Bomb Girls. Recent: Remedy (Global). Film: Take This Waltz, Casino Jack, 388 Arletta Avenue,Defendor, Stealing Paradise, Angels and Ornaments. Recent: Milton's Secret, Frontier. Radio: Afghanada (CBC). Awards: Dora Award, Monte Carlo Television Festival nomination. Directing: The Winter's Tale (Groundling Theatre). Et cetera: Artistic Director, Groundling Theatre (Groundlingtheatre.com).
A recent Toronto Star article charts Graham Abbey's journey as a Shakepearean actor.
The Shakespeare Lecture is generously sponsored by Michael Sabia and Hilary Pearson.
(Photo courtesy the Stratford Festival)