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Harriet Walter in conversation with Sam Walters and Auriol Smith on Harriet’s remarkable acting career as told in her book on the exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self-identified ‘feminist actor’.
Harriet Walter CBE has played almost all of Shakespeare’s heroines, notably Ophelia, Helena, Portia, Viola, Imogen, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice and Cleopatra, mostly for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her Brutus at the all female production of Julius Caesar at Donmar Warehouse was widely acclaimed and was soon followed by Henry IV. Harriet has also played numerous other great classical stage roles including the Duchess of Malfi, Hedda Gabler and Linda in Death of a Salesman and has created many roles in new plays such as Arcadia and Sweet Panic.
She has also starred in countless films and in television dramas. Her other books are Other People’s Shoes, Macbeth and Facing It
Sam Walters MBE, educated at Merton College Oxford, trained as an actor at LAMDA. He retired in 2014 as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London which he founded in 1971 and ran for 42 years! He also directed in the West End, in many regional theatres, and at drama schools.
Auriol Smith is an actor, theatre director, and founder member and former associate director of the Orange Tree Theatre. She has also directed in the West End, regional theatres and at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
The co-editors of Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader Peter J Smith and Deborah Cartmell join Harriet Walter and Auriol Smith for a panel discussion on arguably Shakespeare’s funniest play Much Ado about Nothing. Chaired by Sam Walters.
Peter J Smith, reader in Renaissance literature at Nottingham Trent University, and former trustee of the British Shakespeare Association, is the author of Between Two Stools and Social Shakespeare. He has published recently on Othello on screen and Derek Jarman’s film version of The Tempest.
Deborah Cartmell is Professor of English at De Montfort University. She has contributed to numerous publications on screen adaptations of literary texts.
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