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Shakespeare and Old Age: Simon Russell Beale


Using the plays for inspiration, this series looks at how the work continues to tap in to everyday issues and key themes, with a leading NT actor and an expert in the field joining Genista McIntosh in conversation. With actor Simon Russell Beale, who played the title role in King Lear in 2014 at the NT, and Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry. The guests look at how memory and ageing are explored in Shakespeare’s play, King Lear, and discuss how the situations experienced by the characters might be mirrored today. Part of the Shakespeare400 Partnership, coordinated by King’s College London.