Greg Karvellas didn’t hesitate when Fugard Theatre founding producer Eric Abraham and executive director Daniel Galloway asked if he was interested in directing the SA premiere of Shakespeare in Love, featuring 21 actors and a dog. Karvellas says he had loved the movie (which won seven Academy Awards in 1999, the same year that Saving Private Ryan won five and Elizabeth won one), partly because it meant time out of the high-school day (he was at school at the time) and partly because it was "really fun". He can’t say the same for Shakespeare, however. Despite being "always in theatre", graduating from the National School of the Arts and the University of Cape Town before moving into stage management, Karvellas has never developed a passion for the Bard’s works. "Shakespeare has always eluded me," he says. Until he started preparing for the Cape Town run of Shakespeare in Love, that is. "It’s opened up a world I’d decided maybe wasn’t for me. For the first time in my career I feel th...

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