British thespian Kenneth Branagh is giving aspiring actors the chance to learn from the best - by auctioning a masterclass with him for charity.

The MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING actor, 43, is an acclaimed performer on-stage and on the silver screen, and has offered a two-hour intense session on any WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE scene to the highest bidder.

All proceeds will go to the PAUL BEVAN CANCER FOUNDATION, which is building an information and support centre for patients suffering from the disease and their families.

A spokesperson for the foundation says, "The winner will get a two-hour one-to-one lesson with him.

"They will discuss and act a scene from a Shakespeare play of their choice - either a soliloquy or a two-hander with Kenneth.

"He'll then explain what makes the scene work and how one can get the most out of the writing."

21/04/2004 17:24