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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
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.