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Culture Watch: Fiona Shaw at the Hammer Museum

March 30, 2011 | 11:00 am

Shaw 'Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies with Fiona Shaw'

Hammer Museum, 4 p.m. Sunday

You probably recognize her as Petunia Dursley from the "Harry Potter" movies, but for theater buffs Fiona Shaw is simply one of the most talented stage performers working today. The Irish actress' most famous performances include the title roles in Euripides' "Medea" and "Electra" as well as her gender-bending turn in Shakespeare's "Richard II." On Sunday afternoon, she'll appear at the Hammer Museum to discuss her career and talk about the importance of language in stage acting.

Shaw is a true acting chameleon, able to invest tragic and comic roles alike with a cutting intelligence. Her frequent collaborations with director Deborah Warner are notable for their visual inventiveness and dramatic clarity, never sacrificing the language for the sake of experimentation.

This summer, you'll be able to see Shaw in two high-profile screen projects. She has a role in the new season of HBO's "True Blood," beginning in June, and filmed a part for Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," opening in May.


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Photos: Top, Fiona Shaw. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images for Women in Film. Bottom, Shaw in "London Assurance" at the National Theatre. Credit: Catherine Ashmore.