The Surprising History of Hamlet

March 8, 2007

Continuing its long tradition of stellar visiting directors, actors, professors, and others associated with theatre worldwide, Mary Baldwin’s master’s program in Shakespeare welcomes one of the foremost scholars of the Elizabethan stage in March 1727. Patrick Tucker, Artistic Directorate member of London’s Globe theatre, will work closely with Mary Baldwin graduate students, sharing his research and experience with the original practices of Shakespeare’s productions. And at6 p.m. on March 19at the Blackfriars Playhouse Tucker will share “The Surprising History of Hamlet” with the Staunton/Augusta community.

Tucker, trained as a physicist at London University and as a theatre director at Boston University, and became a ’jack of all trades’ ” all trades related to directing, that is. Since his first professional production of a murder mystery in 1968, he has directed more than 200 stage plays in all forms of theatre for various groups, from weekly repertory to major productions with the elite Royal Shakespeare Company, and in venues as varied as the National Theatre in Seoul and the Bob Hope Memorial Theatre, among others. He started directing for screen in 1978, and has since directed more than 150 drama productions, from television soap operas to medical dramas, to a feature filmIn the Dark, not yet released.

Tucker has also dabbled in directing radio dramas for BBC, exercise videos for children, and plays and musicals in Danish, Hebrew, Korean, and Spanish. He has lectured to a group of nuns, a class of violinists, a conference of Japanese professors, and trans-Atlantic passengers on the Queen Elizabeth 2. He has taught Kenyans and Danes how to direct and act in soap operas, and he has developed and taught courses on screen acting, screen directing, and on Shakespeare.

Tucker’s Original Shakespeare Company has presented plays at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, at the World Stage Festival in Toronto, at the Shakespeare Festival in Sydney, Australia, and at other festivals in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Jordan. His publications includeSecrets of Acting Shakespeare ’ The Original ApproachandThe Actor’s Survival Handbook.

The public is invited March 19 at 6 p.m. to the Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market Street, Staunton to hear this ’jack of all trades.’ For more information call (540) 887-7237.