The Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama 2012-2013 Gregory Doran takes part in a symposium on 'Pushing Shakespeare Off His Pedestal'. He will be joined by a panel of distinguished experts discussing the question of whether Shakespeare has thrown everyone else into the shade for long enough.
Gregory Doran is the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been described by the Sunday Times as "one of the great Shakespeareans of his generation." Notable productions for the RSC include a Macbeth staring Antony Sher, Hamlet in 2008, starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart, and most recently Julius Caesar with an all black British cast, all of which were made into television films by Illuminations.
He directed his first RSC production in 1992, commissioning Derek Walcott to write an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey for The Other Place, and has consequently directed over two thirds of the Shakespearean canon, including All's Well That Ends Well with Judi Dench in 2003, and his own version of Shakespeare's Lost Play, Cardenio in 2011.
His most recent production of the Chinese tragedy, The Orphan of Zhao, in a new adaptation by James Fenton, is part of the RSC's A World Elsewhere Season in the Swan Theatre and plays until March 2013. In 2009 he published The Shakespeare Almanac, and in 2011 he published Shakespeare's Lost Play: In Search of Cardenio.
He and frequent collaborator Sir Antony Sher have been together since 1987 and entered into a civil partnership in 2005. In June 2012 he was awarded the 2012 Sam Wanamaker Award by the Globe Theatre. This annual Award recognises and celebrates work which has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.
This event is free and open to all however booking is required.