VIDEO: Legendary Director Trevor Nunn Takes On The Challenges of Shakespeare's PERICLES

By: Dec. 15, 2015
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One of the giants of contemporary theatre, four-time Tony and Olivier Award-winner Trevor Nunn will try something new in 2016, as he directs William Shakespeare's PERICLES for the first time in his career, in a new production for Brooklyn's Theatre For A New Audience.

The former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, Nunn is better known on these shores for his direction of Broadway spectacles like CATS, LES MISERABLES and SUNSET BOULEVARD.

In this video, Nunn speaks with Theatre For A New Audience's founding artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz about how Shakespeare took on the challenge of a new genre after the devastatingly tragic KING LEAR, writing PERICLES in the style of story theatre.

PERICLES is presented by Theatre For A New Audience as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The play combines a surging adventure story-a hero wanders Odysseus-like through the world of the Mediterranean-with a story of a miracle. An original score written by Tony-nominated Irish composer Shaun Davey, helps convey the mystery and magic of this story of redemption, reconciliation, and forgiveness. The acclaimed storyteller-musicians of PigPen Theatre Co. lend their voices and instrumentation to the production, playing Mr. Davey's score and performing various roles throughout. Christian Camargo returns to TFANA, following his performance in CORIOLANUS and HAMLET to play the title role in PERICLES.

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