The Chair of Contemporary Theatre, founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catherine's College, aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre. The Visiting Professorship has previously been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers including Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Phyllida Lloyd and Patrick Stewart. Each year an inaugural lecture is given by the new holder of this Professorship at St Catherine's College.
Sir Tom Stoppard delivers the Cameron Mackintosh Inaugural lecture 2017
Creation and Immigration
Claude-Michel Schönberg delivers his inaugural lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre
Everything's Re-Made with Shovel and Spade: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale, in conversation with Libby Purves, on his personal experience of playing Shakespeare in the theatre. Actor and music historian, Simon Russell Beale is the 24th holder of the Cameron Mackintosh Professorship at St Catherine's College. He delivers his inaugural lecture in conversation with broadcaster, Libby Purves, on his distinguished career in the theatre, with a focus on his Shakespearean roles in contemporary theatre.
Stephen Fry- "Put on Your Red Shoes: Performance and Destiny"
Stephen Fry, the 23rd holder of the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Theatre gives his first lecture at the University followed by Q&A with Roger Ainsworth. (Contains strong language). Using the experience of his own journey and career in the arts, Stephen Fry talks frankly about his acting roles as a student at Cambridge, the benefits of writing your own material when starting out and the importance of team work in the arts. He mentions the works and artists that have inspired him giving a special mention to "The Red Shoes" the classic British feature film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
"I hope I can inspire and engage with students who are enthusiastic and passionate about the performing arts. Dance and music will feature little in my time here I am sorry to say, but I hope to help students devise comic and dramatic pieces, talk through rehearsal, writer-performing techniques and procedures, and give what benefit I might have to offer from over a quarter of a century of larking about on stage and screen. Above all, I hope we’ll all have fun - it's not by accident that dramatic pieces are actually called plays, and that in Shakespeare’s day actors were players". Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/