Feb. 20, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Royal Shakespeare Company actor Sam Dastor will bring Shakespeare's work to life in "A Programme of Shakespeare's Sonnets," Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. [note change in date and location]

Dastor's one-man show of Shakespeare's sonnets has been seen at several universities nationwide as well as Westminster Abbey and the Rose Theatre in London and the bard's own birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Dastor has enjoyed more than 40 years of acting in theater, film, television and radio, working with the likes of Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Paul Scofield.

He is a Shakespeare veteran, having made his London West End debut as Ariel in The Tempest, which became the longest run of any Shakespeare play at that venue in the 20th century. His film work includes "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers."

"It is rare that an actor who has performed with England's renowned Royal Shakespeare Company comes to town," said Susan Fischer, professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Bucknell.

"The reading of the sonnets by Dastor, a man of the theatre whom `the gods have made poetical'(Shakespeare's As You Like It), will be a memorable event indeed," she said.

The performance reading, which is sponsored by the departments of English and foreign language programs, comparative humanities, and the University Lectureship Committee, is open to the public without charge.

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