Four celebrated actors from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival –- Geraint Wyn Davies, James Blendick, Sara Topham and Yanna McIntosh — have made their mark on Drama and Desire. To bring the paintings to life they’ve recorded speeches which will be featured in the show: Titania and Bottom (Midsummer’s Night Dream), King Lear and Cordelia (King Lear), and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)in her infamous mad scene.
On select weekends throughout the summer Canadian Stage will perform excerpts from High Park’s version of Romeo and Juliet. Opera Atelier will feature ballet demonstrations in their production ‘Degas and his Dancers’. Single Thread Theatre Company will highlight key moments in Shakespeare’s dramas.
All performances will take place in the exhibition.
Summer student Alex Dault, from George Brown Theatre School, has been hired to perform short excerpts from famous plays featured in paintings in the exhibition. Visitors to Drama and Desire are certain to encounter Alex in full costume as he performs in various locations throughout the exhibition and across the AGO.
Drama & Desire: Artists and the Theatre opens on June 19, with an exclusive Members’ Preview June 16 and 17.