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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.

 September 2019

7 September. Rarely played – The Captain. St Leonard’s, Shoreditch. Learn about The Captain with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. 1pm – 3pm. All Rarely Played seminars: £5. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/page/1/c/talks-and-poetry

12 – 13 September. Globe Central Symposium: 21st Century Acting: Race and Inclusive Practice – What Next? Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. The arts are positioned in a moment of great potential: industry and academic leaders are being held accountable to create more ‘inclusive’ training centres, programmes and venues. However, new questions have revealed a tremendous gap between desired outcomes and practical reality. Over two days we’ll consider the use of institutional frameworks such as target setting, diversity policies and decolonisation practices, and consider how they might be contributing to – and intervening in – contemporary discourses in the conservatoire and in the professional theatre. How are the Globe and Central specifically working for and against notions of Shakespeare as a monument of white privilege? And how do we all engage meaningfully with professional and student actors in the mandates for inclusivity, diversity and equity in the academy and rehearsal room? Tickets: £75 / £25 concessions. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/globe-central-symposium/

 

16 September. The Garrick Jubilee: Hear tales of David Garrick and the Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Join us for a talk on David Garrick's three-day Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769 by Rosalyn Sklar from our Collections team. The Jubilee was the first organised celebration of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and proved an inspiration for all of the celebrations that have followed. You'll hear about the lead up to the Jubilee, its literary and theatrical context, the festival itself and the various events that ensued. There will also be an opportunity to see objects and documents from our unique collection that relate to the Jubilee. The talk will be followed by a cream tea in the Marble Hall overlooking the Birthplace Garden. The talk begins at 2pm and will be followed by refreshments at 3.15pm. Tickets are £14 per person / £10 (friends). Booking is required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/discover-tales-of-the-garrick-jubilee/

19 September. Ask an Actor: Live – As You Like It. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Put your questions to our actors and hear their experiences first-hand in our post-show Q&A session, taking place 15 minutes after the matinée. Tickets: £5 (£4 Members / Students) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/page/1/c/talks-and-poetry

25 September. Director Talks: King John. 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). www.rsc.org.uk/events/director-talks

October 2019

8 October. Historically Informed Experience. The Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Bill Barclay, the former Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe, discusses the role of Shakespeare’s music in the 21st century through the lens of his eight years at the Globe. AGM 7.15pm then talk at 7.45pm. Annual subscription: £20.00 / visitors: £5.00 (No charge to students). http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

10 October. Ask An Actor: Live – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Put your questions to our actors and hear their experiences first-hand in our post-show Q&A session, taking place 15 minutes after the matinée. Tickets: £5 (£4 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/page/1/c/talks-and-poetry

12 October.
Study Day: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, London. A day of workshops, seminars and lively discussion exploring The Merry Wives of Windsor, led by Globe artists and leading Shakespeare scholars. Tickets: £55 (£45 Members / Students). 10.00am http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/page/1/c/talks-and-poetry

14 October. Shakespeare's Other Legacy. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Find out how industry and commerce funded the Shakespeare household on Henley Street in the 1500s. Jim Ranahan, Collections Archivist, will give us an insight into the family's later prosperity and how the heritage has given the town its distinctive character.  We explore the relationship between the Shakespeare image and local industry and uncover Stratford as a medieval market town, and how it has developed. You'll also see some of the highlights of our archive collection. The talk will be followed by a cream tea in the Marble Hall overlooking the Birthplace Garden. The talk begins at 2pm and will be followed by refreshments at 3.15pm. Tickets are £14 per person / £10 (friends). Booking is required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/shakespeares-other-legacy/

20 October. Rarely played – On the Road at Gray’s Inn. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. Learn about On the Road at Gray’s Inn with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. 1pm – 3pm. All Rarely Played seminars: £5. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/page/1/c/talks-and-poetry

21 October. Creative Team Talks: A Museum in Baghdad. 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

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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