Internationally acclaimed actor Brian Bedford studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His classmates included Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Alan Bates. At age 21, he played Hamlet for the Liverpool Repertory Company, followed by performances in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, working with Sir John Gielgud and Peter Brook. Gielgud’s production of Peter Shaffer’s first play, Five Finger Exercise, brought him to New York. Mr. Bedford starred in nineteen Broadway productions, receiving seven Best Actor Tony nominations, and winning the award for Molière’s The School for Wives. Other honors include the Obie, Outer Critic’s Circle, L.A. Drama Critics and six N.Y. Drama Desk Awards. Mr. Bedford directed and acted at the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the John F. Kennedy Centre in D.C., the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and 27 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.