Dame Janet Suzman has forged a career as one of the most respected stage actresses of her generation, and is the niece of anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman. Dame Janet is famed for her portrayal of Shakespeare’s most iconic heroines, and her career has also spanned a number of high profile TV dramas and film. Her role in Nicholas and Alexandra saw her nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Marking her great contribution and services to drama, Suzman was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011. At this year’s festival, Dame Janet will introduce Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.