Stephen Fry Lecture Podcast

Stephen Fry Lecture Podcast

Stephen Fry delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Thursday 20 February at St Catherine's College.


Stephen’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Put on Your Red Shoes: Performance and Destiny' is now available as a Podcast for all to enjoy. (Contains strong language.)

Stephen talked frankly about his acting roles as a student at Cambridge, the benefits of writing your own material when starting out, and the importance of team work in the arts. He spoke about the works and artists that have inspired him, giving a special mention to The Red Shoes the classic British feature film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

About Stephen Fry

Actor, writer, television and radio presenter, Stephen Fry is a true polymath. His career has ranged over stage, film, radio and television and he has also published several books. His recent return to the stage as Malvolio in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe and on Broadway has earned him critical acclaim.

Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said “This is an extraordinary honour and an extraordinary opportunity. I really look forward to engaging with students who are enthusiastic and passionate about the performing arts. Dance and music will feature little in my time there, I am sorry to say, but I hope to help students devise comic and dramatic pieces, talk through rehearsal, writer-performing techniques and procedures, and give what benefit I might have to offer from over a quarter of a century of larking about on stage and screen. Above all, I hope we’ll all have fun. It’s not by accident that dramatic pieces are actually called plays, and that in Shakespeare’s day actors were players. The Mackintosh Foundation and its Chair has become a remarkable institution and I am very proud to have been offered this chance to be a part of it.”

The Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth, said “I am delighted that Stephen Fry has agreed to take on the role of Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. Stephen’s impressively diverse career, spanning over thirty years, has provided him with an exceptionally wide range of experience, and his many achievements have been widely honoured. Stephen’s highly acclaimed return to the stage in the 2012 production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe will be of particular interest to our students, but also they will certainly jump at the idea of having fun with him.”

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 Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Phyllida Lloyd and Patrick Stewart.

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