LEADING actor Oliver Ford Davies will give a 6.30pm talk on Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters in the department of theatre, film and television's Black Box Theatre at the University of York on Wednesday.

The National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company stalwart is a distinguished writer on Shakespeare, following up his two books on his experiences as a Shakespearean actor, Playing Lear and Performing Shakespeare, with Shakespeare’s Fathers And Daughters in 2017.

Ford Davies is a frequent visitor to the department of theatre, film and television, where he has given a series of masterclasses. His latest will be based around last year's book and will include performances of sequences from relevant plays. Copies of the book can be bought and signed after the 6.30pm masterclass.

Ford Davies won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in 1990 for his performance in the National Theatre premiere of David Hare’s Racing Demon. Latterly, he has played a series of Shakespeare roles for the RSC, such as Polonius in Hamlet opposite David Tennant, and the Duke of York, Justice Shallow and the Henry V chorus in Gregory Doran’s staging of the second grouping of History Plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two and Henry V.

He also appears frequently on television and in films, including a regular role in three Star Wars movies as Sio Bibble.

In York, Ford Davies starred as grumpy village recluse Tom Oakley in Michelle Magorian's Second World War story Goodnight Mister Tom at the Grand Opera House in late-February 2013.

All are welcome to attend his return, a free event that requires booking in advance at tftv.ticketsolve.com/shows/873587297.