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Tony Church of Royal Shakespeare Company presents Jan. 30 performance for UI Theatres

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tony Church, a founding member of England's Royal Shakespeare Company, will present his one-person show "Give 'em a Bit of Mystery: Shakespeare and the Old Tradition" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. The performance is sponsored by the UI department of theatre arts and the UI English department.

Church has performed more than a dozen roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Henry IV, Polonius and King Lear, and his other Shakespeare roles include Shylock and Prospero. He has also appeared in BBC video productions of Shakespeare plays.

In addition to his association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he is an associate artist of the Denver Center Theatre Company and dean emeritus of the National Theatre Conservatory.

In "Give 'em a Bit of Mystery," Church explores the long tradition of Shakespeare performances from the time of the Bard to 20th-century stars including John Barrymore, Edith Evans, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Lawrence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft.

The show was well-received last fall at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are $7 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth). Tickets will be on sale in advance from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 27-29, at the Theatre Building box office. Any remaining tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. Saturday.