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The Honourable & Dishonourable Art of Acting Malcolm Jones Thursday 14 March 2019

Shakespeare described actors in Hamlet, writing ‘they are the abstract and brief chronicles of our time’. Actors tell stories that reflect the hopes and anxieties of our times from Greek tragedy to the Royal Court. Often seen in the past as rogues and vagabonds, the road to respectability was a long and lively journey with some fascinating characters along the way. The start of the 20th century established the actor as an ‘honourable’ profession with the knighthood of Sir Henry Irving and the great generation of actors emerged including John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans.

Malcolm Jones studied at University of London, King’s College, London & RADA. He has worked as an actor, director and teacher and backstage at the Royal Opera House. He was Workshop and Events Manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in London for 10 years and since 2009 he has lectured for the V&A on the Short and Year Course Programme on Theatre.

He has taught at Rose Bruford College, Mountview Theatre School, The Actors Centre and RADA and works for Age Exchange Community Arts in Blackheath. He has written material for The National Theatre Education Department and has contributed as a speaker on theatre to many television programmes. He lectures for Road Scholar USA Theatre Courses and has lectured in America. He also devised and taught an adult Acting Course at New Wimbledon Theatre from 2015 to 2018.

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