Here is the recording of the panel on the John Barton and Peter Hall Wars of the Roses adaptation with Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Heather Neill, and Alex Waldmann. Frank Whately, emeritus Professor at Kingston University and one of the key figures behind Kingston’s Rose Theatre, introduces the speakers and chairs the session. Before this panel there was a cast Q&A, where the actors discussed the Trevor Nunn production and their experience of it.
Hampton-Reeves sets the scene in discussing Peter Hall and the circumstances for adaptation. Goy-Blanquet examines the relationship between adaptations, especially the triangle of Shakespeare, Barton/Hall and Nunn. Neill compares Nunn’s adaptation to the Barton / Hall one. Waldmann discusses his experience of the Henry VI -role – effectively suggesting a fascinating adaptation focusing on the character of Henry VI.
Listen to the recording on Backdoor Broadcasting.
About the speakers:
Stuart Hampton-Reeves is the first Professor of Research-informed Teaching in 2007 and established the Centre for Research-informed Teaching. Stuart’s research interests include Shakespeare in Performance and Undergraduate Research. He was the Performance Editor of the journal Shakespeare and the General Editor (with Bridget Escolme) of Palgrave’s Shakespeare in Practiceseries. He currently chairs the steering group of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (www.bcur.org). He is the author of several books on Shakespeare in performance and Shakespeare’s History Plays including: (with Carol Chillington Rutter) Shakespeare in Performance: The Henry VI Plays (Manchester University Press); (with Dermot Cavanagh and Stephen Longstaffe)Shakespeare’s Histories and Counter-Histories; The Shakespeare Handbooks: Measure for Measure (Palgrave); The Shakespeare Handbooks: Othello (Palgrave). Stuart is also a trustee and director of the British Shakespeare Association and the Blackpool Grand Theatre. His full academic profile can be accessed here.
Dominique Goy-Blanquet is professor emeritus of Elizabethan Theatre at the University of Picardie, a member of the editorial board of La Quinzaine Littéraire and a contributor to The Times Literary Supplement. Her works include Shakespeare’s Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage(Oxford University Press, 2003), Shakespeare et l’invention de l’histoire (Le Cri, 2004), the edition of Joan of Arc, A Saint for All Reasons: Studies in myth and politics (Ashgate 2003), essays for CNRS, Arden 3, Shakespeare Survey, Cambridge Companion, Europe, and French translations of John D. Wilson, What happens in ‘Hamlet’ (Le Seuil, 1992), Anthony Burgess’s autobiography,Little Wilson and Big God (Grasset, 1996), and W. H. Auden’s Lectures on Shakespeare(Anatolia, 2003). Lately, she has been working on theatre and law and has also translated Tariq Ali’s Night of the Golden Butterfly into French.
Heather Neill is an experienced theatre critic, who was arts and literary editor of the TES. Since then she has continued to write features and programme notes for the Globe, the National Theatre and others, to interview directors and actors for the radio website, theatreVoice.com and to review for The Stage and The Arts Desk. She works with the Globe’s Education Department, chairing events and leading discussions, and speaks on Shakespeare in Performance to, among others, students at the University of Venice and attendees at the V&A’s recent Shakespeare Festival. She was a Trustee of the Poetry Society (2011 – 4) and the secretary of the Drama section of the Critics’ Circle and is a member of the Council of Shakespeare’s Globe. More information on her website.
Alex Waldmann plays Henry VI in Nunn’s Wars of the Roses. He is an experienced TV, film, and radio actor, now more focused on a varied stage career working with the RSC, and more recently acting in productions at the Globe ( Duchess of Malfi, Knight of the Burning Pestle, and King John among others). More information here.