TV star Bruce Alexander gave Thame Players actors and actresses some top tips ahead of rehearsals for their latest production.
Mr Alexander who appeared in A Touch of Frost and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company gave special masterclasses to the group.
The classes focussed in particular on the demands posed by Shakespearian acting and how to best translate old fashioned word-play using movement.
A spokesman for the Players said: “The masterclasses were well-timed, as Thame Players began rehearsals during May and June for their new production of Shakespeare’s comedy the Taming of the Shrew which opened this week.”
Amy Kerstein, who has the lead role of Kate in the production, said: “It was such a privilege to work with Bruce Alexander.
“He has a huge wealth of professional experience and his love of Shakespeare’s language was infectious.
“Working with him has helped us to raise our game, and hopefully that will show in our performances this week.”
The masterclasses were funded by local house-builder Rectory Homes, which is also the main sponsor of the production.
Victor Gaultney, who plays Petruchio in the play said: “Bruce helped us get the most from Shakespeare’s text and explore Kate and Petruchio’s unexpected transition from antagonism to love and respect.”
To book tickets and find out more about the group go to www. thameplayers.co.uk