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Fiennes Leads ‘Hamlet’ Workshop

June 23, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Ralph Fiennes drew from his past to give hope to a new generation of young thespians.

The Academy Award-nominated actor held a ``Hamlet″ workshop for about 20 students Tuesday at the LOST Youth Theatre, which launched his acting career. The theater is under threat because its home for the past 20 years is being demolished.

``Being a member of the company gave me the confidence to apply to drama school,″ Fiennes told the students.

Fiennes also is a patron of LOST Youth, which gets its name from its original home, London Oratory School Theatre.

``One of the reasons that these youth theaters are so important is because it is now terribly difficult for actors to get grants to go to drama school,″ he said.

``There are lots of kids who would like to go and can’t actually afford to and, while they don’t actually pretend to be schools, theaters like this offer a fantastic opportunity to learn their craft in a fairly disciplined way.″

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