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Touchstone aims to list all Shakespeare-related activity in the UK. Please contact us at touchstone@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 9525 if you have information that should be listed.

 

November

9 November. Barbican Debates: The Fool is the only one who speaks the truth. The Barbican, London. A series of discussion events inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure. To what extent can comedy effect real change? 10.30am - 11.30am. Tickets: 10 (01789 403493) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/barbican-debates

9 November. Over Throne. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Hosted by our Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, Dr Anjna Chouhan. The chopping and changing of rulers is nothing new. Join us for an evening of performance and discussion, as we take a look at the disgraced rulers that were overthrown in Shakespeare’s plays. Tickets: 10 Adult, Concession/ Friends of the Trust 8. 5.30pm – 7pm (01789 201806) https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/over-throne/

11 November. Roy Strong on the Elizabethan Image. The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.Top of Form Half a century ago, The Elizabethan Image saw the public queue down the steps of Tate Britain to see his landmark exhibition. Sir Roy returns to reconsider one aspect of this topic, the portraits of the great Queen herself and finds that five decades on there is still much new to discover and be said. Includes wine reception. Tickets: 15.00 - 18.00. 7.00pm – 8.45pm (020 7942 2000) https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/dk7a7DLE/roy-strong-on-the-elizabethan-image

11 November. Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year with Allie Esiri. Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London. For the fourth year running, and following the success of A Poem for Every Night of the Year, A Poem for Every Day of the Year and Women Poets Through the Ages, Allie Esiri is back with a show based on her latest anthology; Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. It is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a sonnet, speech or scene taken from across all of Shakespeare's works. After the event, Allie Esiri will be signing copies of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. Tickets 9 (6 concessions) 6pm – 6.45pm (020 7452 3000) https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/shakespeare-every-day-year-allie-esiri

12 November.  “We must leave the killing out”. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Presidential Evening. Sir Nicholas Hytner wonders whether anything goes these days. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

23 November. Barbican Debates: Defend the right to offend. A series of discussion events inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure. Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening. Do we have an ethical responsibility to censor the problematic? Or is addressing difficult issues through culture effective in our recognising of right and wrong? 10.15am - 11.15am. Tickets: 10. (01789 403493) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/barbican-debates

26 November. Director Talks: The Boy in the Dress. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. We offer talks with members of each show's creative team. These events take place onstage before the show. They are a chance to hear the director and/or writer in conversation, talking about some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process. 5.15pm - 6pm. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493). https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/director-talks

30 November. Unwrapped: A Museum in Baghdad. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Our Unwrapped demonstrations offer a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast, often our understudies, looking at one or two particular moments from the play. They give an insight into how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with the actors and Assistant Director showing the type of exercises and discussion that took place during rehearsals. 10.15am - 11.15am. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493).  https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

December

2 December. Treasures from our Collection: A special presentation from our Collections team. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. In this informal presentation, popular with university groups and tour parties and now available for individual visitors, learn about early modern history through our early printed books and museum objects. Explore theatre memorabilia from the 18th century to the current day, including items from the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre and the RSC, as well as items illustrating the fascinating history of the town. The talk will be followed by a cream tea in the Marble Hall overlooking the Birthplace Garden. The talk begins at 10.30am and will be followed by refreshments at 11.45am. Tickets are 14 per person / 10 (friends). Booking is required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/treasures-our-collection/

3 December. Post Show Talks: A Museum in Baghdad. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Want to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us at our regular post show talk events. Simply stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Post Show Talks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free with your show ticket. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

10 December. Shakespeare and the Countess. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Chris Laoutaris, Biographer and historical lecturer at the Shakespeare Institute. The true story of Elizabeth Russell, the formidable woman whose battle with Shakespeare and his associates gave birth to the Globe. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

17 December. Post Show Talks: King John. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Want to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us at our regular post show talk events. Simply stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Post Show Talks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free with your show ticket. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback 

January 2020

14 January. “Two loves I have of comfort and despair”. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Sam Dastor, Actor in theatre, film and TV.
A recitation of 39 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets with a brief commentary, focussing on their autobiographical aspects and a personal view of their historical context. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

24 January. Post Show Talks: The Boy in a Dress. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Want to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us at our regular post show talk events. Simply stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Post Show Talks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free with your show ticket. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

 February

1 February. Unwrapped: The Boy in the Dress. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Our Unwrapped demonstrations offer a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast, often our understudies, looking at one or two particular moments from the play. They give an insight into how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with the actors and Assistant Director showing the type of exercises and discussion that took place during rehearsals. 10.15am - 11.15am. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493).  https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

10 February. Creative Team Talks: The Whip. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. We offer talks with members of each show's creative team. These events take place onstage before the show. They are a chance to hear the director and/or writer in conversation, talking about some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process. 5.15pm - 6pm. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493). https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/director-talks

11 February. Past and Present Plays: Rewriting Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Catriona Fallow, Research Fellow, Drama, Theatre and the Arts at Birmingham University. This talk will explore several of the key examples of works by contemporary playwrights and practitioners that engage with Shakespeare’s plays. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

15 February. Unwrapped: King John. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Our Unwrapped demonstrations offer a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast, often our understudies, looking at one or two particular moments from the play. They give an insight into how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with the actors and Assistant Director showing the type of exercises and discussion that took place during rehearsals. 10.15am - 11.15am. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493).  https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

19 February. Post Show Talks: The Boy in a Dress. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Want to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us at our regular post show talk events. Simply stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Post Show Talks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free with your show ticket. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

22 February. Unwrapped: The Whip. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Our Unwrapped demonstrations offer a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast, often our understudies, looking at one or two particular moments from the play. They give an insight into how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with the actors and Assistant Director showing the type of exercises and discussion that took place during rehearsals. 10.15am - 11.15am. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493).  https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

March

3 March. Post Show Talks: The Whip. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Want to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us at our regular post show talk events. Simply stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Post Show Talks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free with your show ticket. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

10 March. Post Show Talks: King John. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Want to find out more about the performance you've just seen? Then join us at our regular post show talk events. Simply stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Post Show Talks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free with your show ticket. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

10 March. Shakespeare’s Soliloquies and Narrations. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Viv Thomas explores the significance of soliloquies and narration in vitalizing character, situation and atmosphere. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

April

14 April. Shakespeare and Costume. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Patricia Lennox considers costumes as a major component of Shakespeare productions, past and present.  A major focus will be the innovative role they have played at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

May

12 May. Frederick Samuel Boas – A University-Extension Shakespearian. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Rebekah Owens, Researcher. A look at the life of a teacher of Shakespeare in the late nineteenth century, famous for his categorisation of some of the works as ‘problem plays’. Annual subscription: 20.00 / visitors: 5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html 

21 May. St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius’s Finlandia / Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto / Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick. In Stalin’s Russia, Prokofiev took Romeo and Juliet and without using a single one of Shakespeare’s words, transformed it into a ballet as strong as steel and as tender as young love itself – packed with punchy melodies, dazzling colours, untamed passion and heart-breaking beauty. It’s one of the supreme masterpieces of 20th century music, and with the distinguished British conductor Ben Palmer on the podium, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra bring Prokofiev’s vision thrillingly to life. First, though, experience the stirring patriotic struggles of Sibelius’s Finlandia and see former BBC Young Musician Jennifer Pike join the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s gloriously tuneful Violin Concerto. There is a pre-concert talk in the Helen Martin Studio at 6.15pm for an extra 2.50. The concert follows at 7.30pm. Tickets: 19 - 42 (adults) / 16 (under 26) / 13 (under 18) / 8 (under 10, accompanied by a full paying adult) https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/st-petersburg-symphony-orchestra/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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