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Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.

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Simon’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Everything’s remade/With shovel and spade’: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale is now available as a Video and Podcast.

Simon appeared in conversation with broadcaster, Libby Purves. He spoke on his distinguished career in the theatre, with a focus on his Shakespearean roles in contemporary theatre.

About Simon Russell Beale

Actor and music historian, Simon Russell Beale has been hailed as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation’. A graduate of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, his diverse career has spanned theatre, television, film, and radio. He has taken on some of the most distinguished roles in theatre, including the title roles in King Lear at the Olivier Theatre and Hamlet at the Lyttelton Theatre. An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, his many accolades include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in Henry IV Parts I & II and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in Uncle Vanya. From May to July 2015, Simon will star in Temple, a new play at the Donmar Warehouse about the 2011 United Kingdom anti-austerity protests.

Commenting on his appointment, Simon said ‘I am hugely looking forward to my year as Visiting Professor, and feel very honoured to have been asked. It allows me to indulge, even further, my obsessive interest in Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and I hope that the students I meet will enjoy our working together. I know for certain that I will learn a huge amount.’              

The Master of St Catherine’s College, Professor Roger Ainsworth, said ‘We feel immensely privileged to be welcoming Simon Russell Beale to St Catherine’s, and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on the role of Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. Simon’s impressive list of stage and screen acting credits span a remarkably diverse career, which has included theatre, television, film, and radio. Our students will be very fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to learn from such a versatile actor.’

 

About the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre

The Chair of Contemporary Theatre, founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catherine's College, aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre. The Visiting Professorship has previously been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers including Stephen Fry, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Phyllida Lloyd and Patrick Stewart.

 

Click here for more information on the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship, including a list of previous Professors and links to watch their Inaugural Lectures.

Photo courtesy of Guy Bell: www.gbphotos.com

John Simopoulos 1923-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine’s Society from 1953-60, he was a Founding Fellow of St Catherine’s College from 1960, before becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon his retirement in 1988. John served as the College’s Dean of Degrees until his death, a role he performed 'with all the authority of tradition and lightness of youth'.

Year 6 pupils experience university life

At the end of January we hosted a day for year 6 at one of the local primary schools to come and find out more about studying at university. The day involved the story of "Dave Smith and the Great University Mystery," followed by the chance to interview a student, take part in a scavenger hunt tour of the College and design a university campus. After lunch in Hall the pupils took part in "junior graduation," which involved dressing up in gowns and mortar boards and receiving a certificate from the Tutor for Admissions.

Varsity Handball Success for Catz

The second Varsity Handball Match between Oxford and Cambridge was held on 31 January 2015 at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre.

Oxford’s men’s and women’s handball teams were both successful in their matches, with the men’s team winning 31 – 24 and the women’s team winning 31 – 21.

Catz student Hege Larsen (2011, Medical Sciences) and Catz alumna Anna-Kristin Kaufmann (2012, Experimental Psychology) both competed on the women’s side.

Bafta Success for Alumnus

Huge congratulations to Catz alumnus, Director James Marsh (1982, English), whose Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything won Outstanding British Film at the Baftas last night!

The film received many Bafta nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Winners were announced at the Bafta Film Awards ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, on 8 February 2015. Eddie Redmayne took home the award for Best Actor for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in the film, which also won the award for best Adapted Screenplay.

Simon Russell Beale to be Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor

We are delighted to announce that Simon Russell Beale is to be the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. He succeeded Stephen Fry in February 2015 to become the 24th holder of the Professorship. His inaugural lecture will take place on Monday 2 March 2015.

John Bayley 1925-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that Professor John Bayley, former Warton Professor of English Literature and Professorial Fellow of the College, died on 12 January 2015. John came to the College in 1973 and retired in 1992, when he became an Emeritus Fellow. He was the widower of the late Iris Murdoch, and leaves behind him his widow Audi.

John was a much-loved colourful character around the College, bringing much joy to many people. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990, and appointed CBE in 1999.

 

Prime Minister Visits Catz Alumnus Start-up in USA

Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the premises of 1776, a firm which was co-founded in 2013 by Catz alumnus Evan Burfield (2002, PPE). Based in Washington D.C., 1776 is a platform designed to connect start-ups with the resources that they need to excel.

Attending a breakfast meeting on cyber security, the Prime Minister took a brief tour of 1776, which acts as a business incubator and investment fund to guide early-stage ventures in sectors like energy, education, and health care that often go on to work with governments.

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