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Last modified: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Actor Tim Hardy to visit IU Bloomington Thursday as part of weeklong residency at IUPUI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's Department of Theatre and Drama will host a conversation with Britsh actor Tim Hardy Thursday (March 26) at 3 p.m. in the Wells/Metz Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The visit is part of Hardy's weeklong residency at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (March 22-29), where tonight (March 24) and Friday he will perform the one-man play Galileo in conjunction with IUPUI's 40th anniversary celebration.

Tim Hardy trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His theatre work in London includes Henry V and Marat/Sade (Royal Shakespeare Company, on Broadway and in film), Henry IV and Henry V (Prospect Theatre Co. at the Roundhouse), Mary Barnes (Royal Court), Melon (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Lysistrata (Sir Peter Hall Co. at The Old Vic), Mephisto (Roundhouse), Peer Gynt (BAC), Moliere (Gate Theatre), Cavafy (King's Head) and The Shrew (Open Space). His work in musicals includes Fiddler on the Roof (Her Majesty's), Judy (Strand Theatre) and Parade (Edinburgh Festival).

Hardy has also performed title roles in Macbeth and The Norman Conquests (Oxford Playhouse), The Merchant of Venice and Catch 22 (Leeds Playhouse), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Newcastle Festival) and Rosmersholm and Tartuffe (Bristol Old Vic).

In opera, he has played bass leading roles in The Magic Flute, Figaro, Cenerentola, Don Giovani, La Traviata, all for Music Theatre London, in London, Hamburg, Vienna and Amsterdam.

Hardy's television experience includes David Manners in "Eastenders," Arthur Taylor in "Oscar Wilde," Ross in "Macbeth," Jesus in "The Folksinger," the Doctor in "The Wife of Bath," and the title role in "Galileo," which was recently shown on BBC 2 in September. On film, he has appeared in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Duellists and Nothing But The Best.

His directing credentials include Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Rebecca (Vienna English Theatre), and The Merchant of Venice and Royal Hunt of the Sun, both in the United States.

A faculty member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hardy's work there includes being a member of the admissions panel, directing students from New York University studying Shakespeare, directing and lecturing on the eight-week summer course, directing the third-year students in their final showcase presentation, and serving as principal director of an annual course he created -- RADA at The Old Vic -- where the students perform more modern texts such as The Crucible and 12 Angry Men. Hardy lectures to students from Syracuse University, and recently directed them in Betrayal by Harold Pinter.

Previously, Hardy toured with Actors From The London Stage in A Winter's Tale (Fall 1989) and Romeo and Juliet (Spring 1997).

For more information about Hardy's visit and a schedule of events, see http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/10151.html.