JOHN BARTON

Co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a renowned teacher of Shakespeare and a distinguished director at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His television series "Playing Shakespeare" is widely used in Britain and the US. His productions include "War of the Roses" and "Peer Gynt".

BRIAN COX CBE

Toured worldwide as King Lear and Richard III for the RNT. For the RSC: Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Penny for a Song and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune. His many films include Trials of Henry Kissinger, Rookie and Manhunter.

SIR DEREK JACOBI CBE

Founding company member of the National Theatre, where he appeared with Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Peter O'Toole and others in productions of Othello, Hamlet and a great many others. Won Tony Award for performances in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing. He is also well known for his roles in I Claudius and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and playing Malvolio at the Donmar Warehouse.

JULIAN GLOVER CBE

Julian trained at the National Youth Theatre, performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and became a familiar face to British television viewers by appearing in many popular series during the 1960s and 1970s. His talent for accents and cold expression made him an ideal choice for playing refined villains. During the 1980s, Glover achieved some fame in Hollywood by playing roles in such popular films as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

HENRY GOODMAN

Theatre work includes The Comedy of Errors (RSC, Best Newcomer Award, 1983), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and After the Fall (National), Angels in America (Best Supporting Actor, 1992), Assassins (Olivier Award, 1993), Merchant of Venice (Olivier Award), Tartuffe (Broadway) Richard III (RSC), Art (Broadway and West End), Chicago (West End) and The Birthday Party (West End).

JOHN HEFFERNAN

He has played extensive roles at the National including the title role in Edward II; She Stoops to Conquer; Emperor and Galilean; The Revenger's Tragedy and Major Barbara. For the RSC he has starred as J Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer, performed in King LearThe SeagullRomeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Other theatre work includes The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), Love and Information (The Royal Court Theatre), and The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse).

KELLY HUNTER

Kelly is an award winning actor, director and writer.   Over the last thirty years she has played major roles for the RSC, National theatre, English Touring theatre and the Icelandic company Vesturport, working with Jerome Savary, Hal Prince, Sir Peter Hall and Sir Trevor Nunn.  She has also worked extensively in film, TV and radio.  Kelly is the Artistic Director of Flute Theatre, for whom her most recent production of Hamlet, Who’s There? performed at the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in August 2015. In 2014 she directed a production of The Tempest for the RSC which she adapted for children with autism.   She is the author of two books, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat, drama games for children with autism published by Routledge and Cracking Shakespeare; A hands-on guide for actors and directors published by Methuen in December 2015.   From 2002-2006 she was the Artistic director of Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, which she created to offer Shakespeare to children with no access to the arts. Kelly has created a series of sensory drama games named The Hunter Heartbeat Method, which form her work with children with autism. This methodology has the basis of a longitudinal study at Ohio State University since 2011.

DAVID LEVEAUX

Recent productions include: Rudolph (Vienna); A Doll's House (Tokyo); Three Sisters (Abbey, Dublin); Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner plus the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, and Fiddler on the Roof. Previous Broadway productions include: Tom Stoppard's Jumpers (Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Direction); Nine with Antonio Banderas (Tony Award for Best Revival and nomination for Outstanding Direction); Stoppard's The Real Thing (Tony Award for Best Revival); Harold Pinter's Betrayal with Juliette Binoche; Electra with Zoë Wanamaker (Tony Award nomination); Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie with Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson (Tony Award for Best Revival); and A Moon for the Misbegotten with Kate Nelligan (Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Direction).

PIPPA NIXON

London Theatre Program
Pippa Nixon trained at Manchester School of Theatre. She has had numerous roles in film and television as well as recording drama for BBC Radio, but she is best known for her critically acclaimed theatre work. During her early successful stage career, Nixon took on a mixture of roles in both contemporary and classical writing. In 2011, after stints at Shakespeare’s Globe where she was commended in the Ian Charleson Awards for her portrayal of Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Nixon moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company to take on a number of lead roles. Other theatre roles include Ophelia in Hamlet; Rosalind in As You Like It, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC. Also for the RSC: Days of Significance, King John and Cardenio. Other theatre work includes Bea, Joe Guy, The Zoo Reading (Soho Theatre); Timon of Athens, Holding Fire! (Globe); The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek (Belfast/Tour); The Method (Oval House); Balm in Gilead Masterpieces (50th Anniversary Season) (Young Vic); and Reading (Royal Court).

FIONA SHAW CBE

Theatre: Electra (voted Actress of the Year), Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Good Person of Setzuan, Machinal (voted Actress of the Year) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Richard II As You Like It, The Waste Land, Medea, Happy Days and Mother Courage (National).  TV includes Hedda Gabler (BBC / HBO.)  Film includes My Left Foot, Catch and Release, The Black Dahlia, Fracture and the Harry Potter films. In 2001, she was awarded an honorary CBE.

DEBORAH WARNER CBE

Recently directed Mother Courage and Medea, both with Fiona Shaw, and Julius Caesar with Ralph Fiennes. Director of the Year for the RSC's Titus Andronicus (with Brian Cox), Electra (with Fiona Shaw) and Hedda Gabler (Fiona Shaw). Other productions include King John (RSC), King Lear, The Good Person of Setzuan and Richard II, The Waste Land in London and abroad, Coriolanus (Salzberg Festival), Medea in London and abroad, and The Angel Project in New York.  Operas include Don Giovani and Fidelio (Glyndebourne), Wozzeck (Opera North), Paul Bunyan (ENO) and Medea in Dublin and London.