Actor Bruce Myers – who has won global renown for his collaboration with legendary director Peter Brook – will perform one of his most famous solo roles and hold public masterclasses at the drama department at Huddersfield University.

He will perform The Grand Inquisitor, a 50-minute drama extracted from an episode in Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov, in which Christ returns to 16th century Spain but is condemned by the head of the Inquisition, fresh from consigning 100 heretics to the flames.

Performing this thought-provoking role around the world, Bruce has been praised for his “entrancing rhetorical skill” and described as “a human Stradivarius”.

He will perform it at the university’s Milton Theatre Studio 1 on Friday, March 21, at 7.30pm.

Franc Chamberlain, Professor of Drama at Huddersfield University, said: “He is a fabulous actor and, by all accounts, a wonderful man. To have him here is a marvellous opportunity.”

Peter Brook has been one of the world’s most influential theatre directors since the 1940s and in 1970 he founded the International Centre for Theatre Research, based in Paris. Bruce, who had been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was a founder member of Peter Brook’s new company and has featured in many of its most famous productions, such as the epic Mahabharata in which he played Krishna.

He also devised a version of the classic Yiddish play The Dybukk and Huddersfield University postgraduate students Eilon Morris and Tray Wilson decided to stage a performance they made contact with him.

A fruitful exchange of ideas followed and the celebrated actor – who is based in France – agreed to visit the university to perform The Grand Inquisitor and hold workshops with students. These are also open to the public.

Tickets are £12 and £6. For further details and to book please contact On Saturday, March 22, Bruce will hold two workshops for drama students and there will be an opportunity to observe these sessions.

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