Shakespeare Q&A with John Bell AO OBE

25 November 2019

The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation recently hosted John Bell AO OBE, actor, theatre director and founder of Bell Shakespeare, in conversation with our CEO Professor Simon Haines.
So how did John Bell’s life-long love of Shakespeare begin? Which is his favourite play, his favourite quote, the play he recommends people new to Shakespeare read or watch first?
Ahead of our event John Bell answered questions on what Shakespeare means to him.

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Nowadays, undergraduates are being taught prematurely to regard the poetic heritage as an oppressive imposition and to suspect it for its latent discriminations in the realm of gender, its privilegings and marginalizations in the realms of class and power. All of this suspicion may be salutary enough when it is exercised by a mind informed by that which it is being taught to suspect, but it is a suspicion which is lamentably destructive of cultural memory when it is induced in minds without any cultural possessions whatever. "
- Seamus Heaney