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Fiona Shaw nominates actress Eleonora Duse

Her fans included Stanisklavski, Chekhov and Chaplin. Matthew Parris is joined by Fiona Shaw and Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr to discover the life of actress Eleonora Duse.

Fiona Shaw, BAFTA award-winning star of Killing Eve, joins Matthew Parris to explore the life of one of history's most remarkable actresses whose name has slipped from public memory. She inspired Stanislavski's 'method', changed Chekhov's mind about acting, and took Chaplin's breath away - the nineteenth-century performer, Eleonora Duse. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, professor of English and Theatre Studies at St Catherine's College, Oxford, helps Fiona and Matthew uncover the drama of Duse's life, both on and off the stage.

Producer: Camellia Sinclair

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