Gregory Doran to deliver the Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2016

It’s a privilege to have Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC, deliver the Richard Dimbleby lecture this year, as the BBC, collaborating with the RSC and our country’s leading arts organisations, celebrates the life and work of Shakespeare.Phil Dolling, Head of BBC Events
Date: 11.02.2016     Last updated: 12.02.2016 at 09.59
Gregory Doran (pictured), Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will deliver BBC One’s Richard Dimbleby Lecture in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death.

This year’s Richard Dimbleby Lecture will be broadcast on BBC One on 16 March 2016. It will be the 40th lecture held in honour of the veteran broadcaster, who died in 1965. Gregory Doran will join a list of eminent speakers, including Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Christine Lagarde, Bill Gates, Sir Terry Pratchett, and The Prince of Wales.

Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC, says: “I am delighted and honoured to be invited to deliver the Richard Dimbleby Lecture in Shakespeare's great jubilee year.”

Phil Dolling, Head of BBC Events says: “It’s a privilege to have Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC, deliver the Richard Dimbleby lecture this year, as the BBC, collaborating with the RSC and our country’s leading arts organisations, celebrates the life and work of Shakespeare.”

Gregory Doran, described by the Sunday Times as 'one of the great Shakespearians of his generation', began his career with the RSC as an actor in the 1987-88 season, becoming an Assistant Director in 1989. He was made an Associate Director in 1996, and became Chief Associate Director in 2006. He has since directed over 40 productions and seasons for the RSC, including the Jacobeans Season 2002, which won the Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year. His production of Hamlet, with David Tennant in the title role, won The Whatsonstage Best Regional Production and Theatre Event of the Year in 2009. Gregory was officially appointed as the RSC's Artistic Director on 14 September 2012 and programmed his first season from September 2013.

Gregory received the Sam Wanamaker Award in 2012 in recognition of his role in increasing the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Huddersfield, the University of Nottingham, the University of Bristol, The University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham.

Gregory’s filmed version of Hamlet was broadcast in the UK in 2009 and also in the US. His other film work includes Macbeth (Channel 4), Julius Caesar (BBC Four) and the BBC Four documentary A Midsummer Night's Dreaming, based on research for Gregory’s own production of the play.

In April this year, Gregory will direct Shakespeare Live! From The RSC – a unique collaboration between the BBC and the RSC. Hosted by David Tennant, Shakespeare Live! From The RSC will mark Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death with a celebration of Shakespeare’s legacy across the performing arts.

The lecture was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of TV Channels and BBC iPlayer, and Alison Kirkham, Controller of Factual Commissioning. It will be produced by Victoria Simpson and the executive producer is Phil Dolling, Head of BBC Events.

Transmission: BBC One and BBC HD on 16 March at 10.45pm.

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