29 July 1982
Contrasting Shakespeare's elevated language with modern naturalistic speech.
5 August 1982
John Barton and company examine blank verse. Its strengths and particularities are discussed in great detail. Members of the cast try out various readings.
12 August 1982
John Barton and the cast discuss how Shakespeare defines his character by the language they speak, and how the characters attempt to achieve their aims by means of what they say and how they say it.
19 August 1982
John Barton, Patrick Stewart, and David Suchet explore different ways to play Shylock in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice".
26 August 1982
John Barton and members of the RSC present a workshop on how Shakespeare used the soliloquy to directly connect the character with the audience.
2 September 1982
John Barton and the RSC actors consider the subtle shadings produced by irony, ambiguity and sarcasm, and how best to express them.
9 September 1982
Hamlet's advice to the players is the best-known acting instruction in theatrical history. John Barton and the RSC actors explore this essential mandate to be both natural and intellectual.
16 September 1982
John Barton and the actors analyze a scene from Twelfth Night, identifying pointers towards character and staging.
23 September 1982
The bard's unparalleled poetry is celebrated and examined in its glory.
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