“Shakespeare Lives” draws to a close in Spain with Declan Donnellan.
The renowned British stage director Declan Donnellan has been invited by the British Council and the Teatro Real to give a talk on his relationship with Shakespeare, moderated by Arantxa Vela Buendía, which will bring to a close the events organised to commemorate the 400 anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in Spain throughout this year.
With the theatre company Cheek by Jowl, which he founded 35 years ago together with the designer Nick Ormerod, Donnellan has directed 17 of Shakespeare’s plays to great critical acclaim. From Shakespeare’s most iconic works such as “Macbeth”, “Hamlet” or “Midsummer Night’s Dream” to lesser known plays such as “Cymbeline” or “Troilus and Cressida” Donnellan presents a completely contemporary vision of Shakespeare in which Pericles may wear a tracksuit or “Twelfth Night” is set in a disco. At the beginning of this year and with the support of the British Council. Cheek by Jowl opened the “Shakespeare Lives” programme in Spain with the premiere of a new production of the “Winter’s Tale” in the Centro Dramático Nacional in Madrid.
This talk will also serve as a preview of a book containing a compilation of conversations about Shakespeare that the journalist Arantxa Vela Buendía has held with Donnellan since 2008. “A partir de William Shakespeare. Conversaciones con Declan Donnellan” will be published in the near future by the publishers Teatro del Astillero. She will also lead and moderate the talk with Donnellan at the Teatro Real.
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