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Stephen Fry to teach drama at university from next year

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It’s the stuff of theatre students’ dreams - but it’s about to become a reality for some of those at Oxford University.

Actor, writer, presenter, broadcaster and all-round national hero Stephen Fry will be taking up a post at St. Catherine’s College from February next year.

Fry is taking the place of theatre director Sir Michael Boyd as the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor at the college, a role that will see him lead student workshops and give additional public lectures.

Fry, who was a member of rival university Cambridge's Footlights theatre group and was recently named as most influential man of the year by AskMen.com, says: “This is an extraordinary honour and an extraordinary opportunity. I really look forward to engaging with students who are enthusiastic and passionate about the performing arts.

“Dance and music will feature little in my time there, I am sorry to say, but I hope to help students devise comic and dramatic pieces, talk through rehearsal, writer-performing techniques and procedures, and give what benefit I might have to offer from over a quarter of a century of larking about on stage and screen.

“Above all I hope we'll all have fun. It's not by accident that dramatic pieces are actually called "plays" and that in Shakespeare's day actors were "players."

The role has previously been held by Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Phyllida Lloyd and Patrick Stewart, amongst others.

If you want to be in the audience when the QI presenter gives his first public lecture on 20th February, you’ll have to get your skates on – although tickets aren’t on sale yet, we image they’ll sell out pretty fast.

Meanwhile, here’s what some happy St Catherine’s students had to say about the announcement on twitter:


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