Classic Texts and Contemporary Audiences: A Panel

Join our panel of directors as they discuss how they make classical texts accessible for a contemporary audience Running from
Last event: Thursday 27 January at 6pm
  • Members & Young Members: £5
    Non-members: £5.56

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Part of: Storyhouse Languages

We are the Storyhouse Young Programmers, and we are bringing you this event in collaboration with Storyhouse Languages in the hope of highlighting classical texts in a new and exciting way. The Young Programmers aim to provide events by young people for young people.

Our panelists include John Young (Director of The Merry Wives of Windsor), Loveday Ingram (Director of Julius Caesar and Henry V), and Ben Spiller (Company Director of 1623 Theatre) all of whom have direct ties and love for the industry of theatre.

Do you love a good enemies to lovers plot or a love triangle?
Have you ever seen She’s All That or The Lion King?
Are you a student or a teacher who loves theatre?
We all like to watch films or read books with plots and devices that have great classical origins in our everyday lives.

This event focuses on the joy involved in bringing modern and classical texts to the 21st century by reinterpreting them in a new contemporary way. With this panel event we hope to show people different sides of classical texts, such as Shakespeare’s plays, and how they can be made accessible for a contemporary audience.

Coronavirus has led to great cultural changes, inspiring new work in our current modern-day renaissance; this new wave of arts re-imagination encourages us all to look back to the earlier renaissance texts in celebration of ongoing change and new ambitions.


Approx 60 mins

Cinema Kings of The Road (18)

2 hr 55 | A film about friendship between Bruno, who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner-German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, who is fleeing from his own past.

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Cinema The American Friend (12A)

2 hr 6 | Jonathan Zimmermann believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley, learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes.

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Cinema Wings of Desire (12A)

2 hr 8 | Guardian angels listen to mortals and attempt to comfort them but one of them wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist.

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Cinema Paris, Texas (12A)

2 hr 28 | The story of Travis, a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the “Big Bend”.

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Cinema ROH Live: Il Trovatore (TBC)

3 hrs 25 | A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

3 hr 25 | Magic and fairytale characters are brought to life through ballet in this well-known family favourite.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Marriage of Figaro (TBC)

4 hrs | Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

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Cinema ROH Live: Cinderella (TBC)

3 hrs | A new production of the much-loved Royal Ballet fairytale classic.

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Cinema ROH Live: Turandot (TBC)

3 hr 20 | Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

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Cinema ROH Live: Like Water For Chocolate (TBC)

3 hr 10 | Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet brings the magic realism of this famous modern Mexican novel to The Royal Ballet.

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