Events and Opportunities

Inaugural Lecture: “A Director’s Journey through the First Folio”
25 October 2023 (Wednesday, 3rd Week Michaelmas Term)
Blavatnik School of Government, Lecture Theatre 1
• Seating is limited, sign up here for the ballot.
• You will find details on the live stream here.

The Shakespeare Gym
4 November 2023
10:00 – 16:00, The Holywell Music Room

Greg Doran conducts a “Shakespeare Gym”, a regular part of his RSC process during rehearsal. The Gym is a means of limbering up your Shakespeare muscles and sharing vocabulary to explore the clues that Shakespeare wrote into the text to help the actor. A physical on-your-feet session, and a deep-dive into Shakespeare’s use of verse, prose, rhythm and rhetoric.

To sign up to attend, please click here. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

William Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Oxford Playhouse, May 15-19th (4th Week Trinity Term)

Greg Doran will direct a student-led production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona—the only remaining Shakespeare play he has yet to stage.

The first call for members of the creative team and production crew are now closed. More information about subsequent crew calls and auditions for the cast will be made available soon.

This represents an exciting chance to work directly with Greg Doran and there will be many opportunities for students to be involved. The opportunities will include open calls for cast and crew members, lectures and workshops.

Students will be at the creative centre of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, working closely with Greg Doran as Director. Key crew members will benefit from mentoring from professional technicians at the Oxford Playhouse, and all actors will benefit from being directed by a professional director of significant distinction.

Greg Doran says: “I am keen to develop this production collaboratively with the student team. Two Gents explores the challenges of young people setting out in the world – leaving home, trying to make their way, falling in love, making mistakes. As the students have that lived experience, it is vital that how the production looks and sounds and feels reflects that experience.”

Production funding and management details
The production is underwritten by the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship Fund and the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund and will receive executive production support from St Catherine’s College, the Oxford Playhouse and other University staff. The University Drama Officer is co-producing the show alongside a student Co-Producer selected by competitive application.

Caption: The Two Gentlemen of Verona title page from the Bodleian digital First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays