Bedford performance to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday April 23

by Gail Hinchion Mancini

p. The University of Notre Dame will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 437th birthday with a performance by Tony Award-winning actor Brian Bedford.p. Bedford will present his one-man tribute to Shakespeare, “The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet,” at 7:30 p.m. April 23 (Monday) in Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. The performance dramatizes Shakespeare’s life using the playwright’s words. Bedford has performed the show around the world, including more than 1,000 cities in the United States and Canada.p. Bedford studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed “Hamlet” at the age of 21 at the Liverpool Repertory Company, which led to highly successful performances in London’s West End and at Stratford upon Avon. He has played many leading roles at the Stratford Festival of Canada.p. Considered one of North America’s leading classical actors, Bedford was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1997. Among roles performed off stage, he provided the voice of the title character in Walt Disney’s “Robin Hood.”p. Bedford’s performance is presented by SummerShakespeare at Notre Dame, which is planning its second annual summer performance, “Much Ado About Nothing” July 25-29. Presentations of last summer’s inaugural event, “The Taming of the Shrew,” were sellouts.p. Tickets for Bedford’s performance are $10. For ticket and parking information call the La Fortune Student Center, 219 631-8128.

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