Actors from the London Stage to Provide BYU with an Authentic Shakespearean Experience

BRAVO! Series brings Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) to treat BYU patrons to performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” April 12-14. AFTLS is one of the world’s oldest touring Shakespeare theatre companies and that has been sharing the works of Shakespeare across the United States for nearly 50 years.    The company is composed of “world-class actors,” said Bridget Benton, producer of the BRAVO! Series. The actors come from prestigious companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe. “It is a treat for audiences to see and experience the work of the Bard as performed by actors who have spent the majority of their careers studying his words,” said Benton. “Their ability to create and shape his works through their command of his text is really remarkable.” This is not the first time BYU has had the pleasure of hosting AFTLS. In September 2014, they performed another Shakespeare classic, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Benton said that despite using a very small company and minimal staging and costumes, “their performances of Shakespeare’s work are utterly captivating. The performers are driven by Shakespeare’s text and portrayed impeccably by dynamic and skilled actors.” Not only does AFTLS perform Shakespeare’s works, but they also help promote and share the love they have for his literature. One of the group’s main focuses is facilitating student engagement and creating a collaborative learning environment where students can experience the Bard and the universal themes explored in his texts. As part of their residency at BYU, AFTLS will workshop with students in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.   Tickets and Show Details Performance Dates and Times: April 12-14 | 7:30 p.m. Location: Pardoe Theatre, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU Price: $17+ Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at