We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Barton yesterday. A BADA Associate Artist and long-time Masterclass instructor, John shared his love for and understanding of Shakespeare’s texts, particularly the Sonnets, with our students for more than two decades. A co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John trained and directed many of the modern masters of Shakespeare performance; his legacy, his influence on our understanding of Shakespeare, and his impact on the acting profession are immense.

Read the New York Times‘ obituary of John here.

Photo: John Barton leads a Masterclass in Sonnets at Midsummer in Oxford with guests Harriet Walter and Jane Lapotaire.