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John Barton is a director and an Advisory Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company (which he helped found in 1959). Barton spent nearly 20 years developing the epic play cycle Tantalus, which was an extension of his earlier work, The Greeks (1980). He has adapted some twenty texts for the theatre and has also had published The First Stage, The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks, La Roche, The Rover and Playing Shakespeare.