Rodney Cottier’s workshop takes students through a lively history of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; explores questions of Elizabethan staging in contemporary performance; delves into Shakespeare’s First Folio; and uses these discussions to approach Shakespeare’s text by working select scenes from the complete plays, with special attention to the opening of King Lear.
This masterclass is interactive, stimulating, and a great deal of fun! It runs three hours and is geared to all levels of experience, with something in it for everyone—from those just starting out to old pros. All are welcome, and the more who attend, the merrier.
No special preparation is required, but if you can, participants should please bring copies of Shakespeare’s complete works, any edition.
Note from Rodney Cottier:
“Look, what is done cannot be now amended.”
Thus spoke Shakespeare’s King Richard the Third. Yet, for the past four hundred years, we have been doing precisely that. I hope that anyone attending this class will take away a greater confidence when approaching these great works, by examining what is on the page and by exploring the historical context of the Elizabethan and Jacobean world.
This workshop is led by Rodney Cottier, Head of Drama School at LAMDA, stage director, and teacher of combat, acting, and text.
$30 per person for actors
$15 for students and observers