Janet Suzman Masterclass
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL
Thursday 1st May 2014 3pm - 4pm
Please don't forget this is taking place at the V&A Museum in The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre.
To coincide with the V&A’s festival of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Janet Suzman will give what she hopes will be a slightly inflammatory talk about the received idea that boys played all of Shakespeare's great female parts, with particular reference to Cleopatra. She will be expanding on two essays she wrote in her fascinating book, Not Hamlet, described by Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director of the RSC, as "A thoughtful and considered kick up the arse to conspiracy theorists and to the patriarchy".
This event is part of the V&A Shakespeare Festival. For more information on the Festival events programme please visit www.vam.ac.uk/page/s/
Important Notice About The Venue
PLEASE NOTE THIS MASTERCLASS IS TAKING PLACE AT THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, KENSINGTON, NOT THE THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET AS USUAL. THE MUSEUM'S FULL ADDRESS IS: VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, CROMWELL ROAD, LONDON SW7 2RL
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After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in her home-town Johannesburg, Janet Suzman moved to London and trained at LAMDA.
She joined the RSC for Wars of the Roses in 1964 before playing many Shakespearean heroines for the RSC, culminating in Trevor Nunn’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. Janet also performed in Hedda Gabler and Three Sisters as well as numerous plays by Fugard, Pinter, Harwood, Wasserstein and Racine, amongst others.
Her most recent London appearance was in new play The Dream of The Dog by South African playwright Craig Higginson at The Finborough Theatre and The Trafalgar Studios. She appeared at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival in Lara Foot’s Solomon and Marion, which won the Fleur du Cap Best New Play Award in 2012, and gained Janet a Best Actress nomination in Edinburgh.
She has twice won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award and had Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominations for Nicholas and Alexandra.
Janet’s film work includes The Draughtsman’s Contract, The Singing Detective, A Dry White Season, Mountbatten, and Fellini’s The Boat Sails On.
Janet’s directing credits include Death of a Salesman (Clwd Theatr, Liverpool Echo Best Production Award), The Free State (TMA Barclays Best Director Award), Hamlet (The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town) and Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Echo Best Production Award).
Janet has edited Antony and Cleopatra and written about it extensively in her latest book, Not Hamlet.
She is vice-President of LAMDA and is Hon. D. Lit from the universities of London (QMW), Warwick, Leicester, Southampton, Kingston, Middlesex and Cape Town. She was made DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2011, for services to the theatre.
For further details, click here to download a copy of Janet's full CV.