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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.

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4 May – 4 November. Truth hath a quiet breast: an exhibition by Eve Parnell. Hall’s Croft Café, Stratford-upon-Avon. Eve Parnell's exhibition, 'Truth hath a quiet breast' (Richard II Act I Scene III), is a series of drawings inspired by Hall's Croft and Shakespeare. 10am – 4pm. No booking required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/truth-hath-quiet-breast-exhibition/

21 May – 31 December. Peace and Reconciliation Exhibition. Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, we're inviting advocates for world peace to share their favourite items from our world-renowned collections. Come and enjoy the touching stories that connect these inspiring people with the extraordinary books, objects and documents we are famous for. 10am – 4pm. No booking required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/peace-reconciliation-exhibition/

21 May – 31 December. Hear the Ambassadors Exhibition. Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. The exhibition takes us into the world of Henry Wotton, who was charged with re-instating diplomatic relations between London and the Venetian Republic after a 50 year gap, just as Shakespeare was exposing audiences to the complexities of international diplomacy in plays ranging from Hamlet and Twelfth Night to Othello and Antony and Cleopatra. 10am – 4pm. No booking required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/hear-ambassadors/  

August 2018

3 – 12 August Macbeth without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour. Coates Cafe - Scotland History Tour People Carrier (Venue 255), Edinburgh (Part of the Edinburgh Fringe). Following on from last year’s successful stand-up show of the same name, Bruce Fummey will take a small group in a people carrier to hear the real story of this much maligned Scottish king. You’ll visit places Macbeth walked, you’ll see where he was crowned, you’ll take a short boat trip to understand why his story was distorted by Shakespeare, and you’ll travel from Birnam Wood to Dunsinane and tour a castle to see how he’s connected to the current queen. 08:45am – 9.00pm. £95 (all entry fees and a light lunch included in the ticket price). https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/macbeth-without-the-shakespeare-bollocks-tour

8 August. Research Conversations: The 1828 New Place Dig. The Wolfson Hall in the Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Until recently we have assumed that the excavations at New Place began in 1862. But Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Local Historian, Robert Howe, has now discovered clear evidence for an 1828 dig. What was discovered, and how was it important? 5pm – 6pm. No booking required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/research-conversation-1828-new-place-dig/

9 August. Omitted in ‘F’ – A talk by John Wolfson. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. It wasn’t until seven years after his death that Shakespeare’s plays were gathered together in a prestigious Folio volume. 19 of the plays had previously been published in single quarto editions. With the help of two Globe actors, John Wolfson, the Honorary Curator of Rare Books at Shakespeare’s Globe, will give examples of some of the lines and speeches in quarto editions that were omitted in the Folio. He will also discuss the relative values of a complete copy of a Folio versus those that lack several leaves. 6.00pm. Tickets £10 (£5 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

11 August. Shakespeare After Hours: Craft Evening. Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. Come and have a go at all the things usually reserved for children in a special evening just for adults. Activities will include; making a wax seal; writing with a quill pen and making puppets. 5.30pm – 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 / £8 Friends of the Trust / RSC Members (01789 201806) https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/craft-evening/

13 August. Director Talks: The Merry Wives of Windsor. 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

13 August. Staging Race and Diversity in the Shakespearean Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. This workshop examines the relationship between staging practices and racial diversity. To what extent do choices about costume, set and lighting either privilege white actors or place actors of colour at a disadvantage? Does staging Shakespeare in historical dress present a challenge to directors and designers when it comes to racial diversity? Actors and scholars come together to experiment, challenge and debate long-held assumptions about the relationship between casting, staging and race. 6pm – 8.15pm. Tickets £10 (£5 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/staging-race-and-diversity

16 August. Women and Theatre in Britain. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. A panel discussion about what it means to be a woman working in theatre in 21st-century Britain. Participants will be performers and prominent women in theatre. 7.00pm Tickets £15 (£12 Members/ Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

17 August. Playing Othello. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. A panel discussion with actors who have played Othello in recent years and who will share their experiences of playing the role, chaired by the author of the most recent Arden Introduction to Othello, Professor Ayanna Thompson. 7pm – 8.30pm. Tickets £15 (£12 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/playing-othello

17 – 18 August. Shakespeare and Race across Borders. The Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, The Globe, London. This international symposium will bring together scholars from the disciplines of race, Shakespeare, theatre and performance studies to discuss the ways in which race is taught at university, discussed in the critical field and represented in performance. Featuring internationally renowned keynote speakers and panelists, the conference will generate important debate and open discussion about one of the most important and urgent issues in 21st-century Shakespeare studies. 9.30am – 5.00pm (Friday 17 Aug) and 10.00am – 5.00pm (Saturday 18 Aug). Tickets: £85 (£55 Members / Students). http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/shakespeare-and-race

22 August. Director Talks: Tamburlaine. 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

29 August. Post Show Talks: The Merry Wives of Windsor. 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

September 2018

4 September. Company Q&As: Othello. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, The Globe, London. Theatre company members share their experiences of this season’s plays and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As 15 minutes after the matinees. Tickets: £5 (£4 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

5 September. Post Show Talks: Macbeth. 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

8 – 9 September. Heritage Open Days. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. This year we are exploring the stories of women in Stratford-upon-Avon, the local area and in Shakespeare's plays through the treasures in our world-class library, archive and museum collection. Our free pop-up exhibition will explore the lives of women from six centuries, from Shakespeare's time to Stratford's suffragettes and beyond.  So join us to see items not normally on display from early printed books to theatre ephemera. 10am – 6pm daily. No booking required. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/heritage-open-days/  

13 – 15 September. Living Shakespeare Course. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. During the day you will discover more about the plays you will see that evening, including their performance histories and the different ways they have been presented on stage in the past. Conversation and recollections of previous productions continue over the evening meals that many of us share before seeing the evening’s theatre performance.

Performances:

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth

Speakers:

  • Robert Smallwood
  • Nick Walton (SBT)
  • Darren Freebury-Jones (SBT)

Book online. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/leisure-courses/?_ga=1.134585329.1876298934.1532869330

15 September. Rarely played – The Queen’s Arcadia. Christ Church, Oxford. Learn about The Queen’s Arcadia with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. 2.00pm All Rarely Played seminars: £5. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

15 September. Shakespeare After Hours: Sex and the Tudors. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Join Tutbury Castle curator Lesley Smith for a tumble through the sexual exploits of the Tudors. Contraception, conception, prostitution and gay sex feature in this engaging and highly entertaining lecture. Not suitable for those who shock easily or have a nervous disposition! 5.30pm – 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 / £8 Friends of the Trust / RSC Members (01789 201806) https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/sex-and-tudors/

17 September. Director Talks: Tartuffe. 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

20 September. Censored No More? Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. Leading cultural figures question if we are self-censors in today’s artistic landscape.50 years on do we need a new Theatres Act? Are artists and cultural institutions entering a new era of self-censorship and if so what does the future look like? Join leading cultural and political figures in a panel discussion that explores the complexities of modern day censorship and its impact on arts and culture. There will also be the opportunity to put your questions to the panel on the night #JoinTheDebate. Part of the Censorship Series. 7.00pm Tickets £15 (£12 Members/ Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

30 September. Rarely played – The Wits. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. Learn about The Wits with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. 4.00pm All Rarely Played seminars: £5. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

 

October 2018

1 October. Creative Team Talk: Maydays. The Other Place, 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. 6pm. Tickets: £5 (01789 403493). https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/director-talks  

2 October. Introductory Talks: The Winter’s Tale. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance. 6.00pm Tickets: £8 (£6 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

3 October. Company Q&As: The Winter’s Tale. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Theatre company members share their experiences of this season’s plays and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As 15 minutes after the matinees. Tickets: £5 (£4 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

9 October. Introductory Talks: The Winter’s Tale. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance. 6.00pm Tickets: £8 (£6 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

9 October. Post Show Talks: Maydays. The Other Place, 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. (BSL Interpreted) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

9 October. Shakespeare Club: “The Exhumation of Rotted Corpses” How would Early Modern audiences have understood Hamlet’s actions in the “gravedigger” scene in Hamlet V, I? The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: David Fallow, Honorary Fellow, (Honorary Fellow Research) Exeter University. Parish burial records, Coroner’s court papers and popular pamphlets of the day can all be excellent sources of background material when considering the historical context of William Shakespeare’s plays. But even when they are factually correct they do not guarantee relevancy. Coroner’s courts of the time often exhumed corpses in their search for answers. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

10 October. Company Q&As: The Winter’s Tale. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Theatre company members share their experiences of this season’s plays and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As 15 minutes after the matinees. Tickets: £5 (£4 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

12 October. Post Show Talks: Maydays. The Other Place, 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

13 October. Unwrapped: Tamburlaine. 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

13 October. Shakespeare After Hours: The Power of Words. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. As part of our peace and reconciliation programme The Very Reverend John Whitcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral talks about how the moving story of Coventry Cathedral has helped shape communities locally and across the world, encouraging them in healing the wounds of history; learning to live with difference and celebrating diversity; building a culture of peace. 5.30pm – 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 / £8 Friends of the Trust / RSC Members (01789 201806) https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/power-words/

17 October. Director Talks: Troilus and Cressida. 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

20 October. Post Show Talks: Trying It On. The Other Place, 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 October. Post Show Talks: Tamburlaine. 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

28 October. Rarely played – The Little French Lawyer. Gray's Inn, 8 South Square, London. Learn about The Little French Lawyer with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. 3.00pm All Rarely Played seminars: £5. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

 

November 2018

3 November. Unwrapped: Troilus and Cressida. 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

5 November. Post Show Talks: Tartuffe. 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

9 November. Post Show Talks: Troilus and Cressida. 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

10 November. Unwrapped: Tartuffe. 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

10 November. Shakespeare After Hours: Corsets and Codpieces. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Join Nic Fulcher as he takes us on a journey into the intimate world of Tudor fashion and shows us what was going on under the velvet gowns. 5.30pm – 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 / £8 Friends of the Trust / RSC Members (01789 201806) https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/corsets-and-codpieces/

18 November. Rarely played – The Tragedy of Sir John van Olden Barnavelt. Please check price and venue at time of booking. Learn about The Tragedy of Sir John van Olden Barnavelt with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. All Rarely Played seminars: £5. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

13 November. Shakespeare Club: Shakespeare and Comedy: are his themes still topical? The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: David M. Howe, Formerly Warwickshire’s Chief Inspector of Schools and County English Advisor
What did Shakespeare seem to think would make people laugh in his comedies and how far do these subjects still feature in today’s comedy. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

21 November. Macbeth Introductory Talk. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance. 6pm. Tickets £8 (£6 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/Macbeth#IntroMacbeth

28 November. Post Show Talks: Romeo and Juliet. Barbican Theatre, London. 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. (BSL Interpreted) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

 

December 2018

2 December. Rarely played – A Game at Chess. Please check price and venue at time of booking. Learn about A Game at Chess with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. All Rarely Played seminars: £5. http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/c/talks-and-poetry

8 December. Shakespeare After Hours: Calligraphy for Christmas. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Embrace your crafty side and make a beautiful Christmas card design with professional calligrapher Denise Hagon.  In this workshop you will learn to write Gothic script in the traditional way with dip pens and ink on a choice of gorgeous papers. 5.30pm – 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 / £8 Friends of the Trust / RSC Members (01789 201806) https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/calligraphy-christmas/

10 December. Director Talks: A Christmas Carol. 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

11 December. Shakespeare Club: The Trouble with Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: Emma Rice, Actress, Director and Theatre Professional. “The Trouble with Shakespeare” will explore Emma Rice’s turbulent relationship with Shakespeare from A Level to Drama School, Actor to Director and Artistic Director to Wise Child.  Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

12 December. Director Talks: Timon of Athens. 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

 

January 2019

2 January. Post Show Talks: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Barbican Theatre, London. 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

8 January. Post Show Talks: Macbeth. Barbican Theatre, London. 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

8 January. Shakespeare Club: Motive and Malignity: Shakespeare and the Golden Age Detective Novel. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: Jeremy Bloomfield, Assistant Professor in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, University of Nottingham. The detective novels of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham are classics of their genre, and have caused the 1920s and 30s to be described at the Golden Age of the whodunit.  Despite not being regarded as serious literature, they weave an intriguing set of textual engagements with the plays of Shakespeare and some of his contemporaries. In this talk, Jem Bloomfield will explore the playful and profound use of Shakespeare in the Golden Age crime novel, showing how these authors drew on the playwright to engage their readers in an intellectual and emotional world of crime. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

 5 January. Antony and Cleopatra Student Conference. Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre, London. An event for students featuring talks and on-stage masterclasses with key members of the company, creative team and academic speakers. Sessions will include an exploration of Shakespeare’s original performance conditions and the process of bringing Simon Godwin’s production to the stage. 10.30am – 3.30pm. Tickets: £7.50 per student (one free teacher place per ten students). Box Office: 020 7452 3010. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/content/antony-and-cleopatra-student-conference

16 – 19 January. SBT Winter School. The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Winter School 2019 is scheduled to run from Wednesday 16 January to Saturday 19 January 2019 and will include performances of A Christmas Carol, Timon of Athens and Tartuffe at the RSC theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Further details, including how to register, will be published in due course. https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/leisure-courses/?_ga=1.134585329.1876298934.1532869330

18 January. Post Show Talks: A Christmas Carol. 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. (BSL Interpreted) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

22 January. Macbeth Introductory Talk. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance. 6pm. Tickets £8 (£6 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/Macbeth#IntroMacbeth

February 2019

2 February. Unwrapped: Timon of Athens. 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

7 February. Post Show Talks: Timon of Athens. 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 February. Rarely played – Edward I. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. Learn about Edward I with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance. 1pm – 3pm All Rarely Played seminars: £5.

12 February. Shakespeare Club: Henry V:  Hero-King or Scourge-of-God? The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: Miriam Gilbert, Emeritus Professor at the Department of English, University of Iowa. What does performance – on stage and screen – tell us about contrasting views of this familiar but now controversial character? How have performances from Olivier to Tom Hiddleston changed, and changed our perception of Henry V?  By focusing on a single speech (Henry’s threats to Harfleur), we’ll consider strategies by both actors and directors to deal with one of the play’s most troubling scenes. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

19 February. Post Show Talks: Tartuffe. 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. (BSL Interpreted) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

 26 February. Richard II Introductory Talk. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance. 6pm. Tickets £8 (£6 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/richard-ii#IntroRichardII

 March 2019

5 March. Richard II Introductory Talk. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Globe Theatre, London. Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance. 6pm. Tickets £8 (£6 Members / Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/richard-ii#IntroRichardII

 

12 March. Shakespeare Club: Paul Robeson’s Othello: 1930-1959. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: Anthony Howard, Professor English and Comparitive Literature Studies, University of Warwick. Paul Robeson played Othello in three productions – in London, America and Stratford-upon-Avon.  Each version reflected changes in his own life, developments in political history, and the state of race relations in Britain and America. This talk will discuss the three productions – and consider the significance of Robeson’s theatrical career for the development of multicultural Shakespeare in the UK. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

 April 2019

9 April. Shakespeare Club: Trevor Nunn, Shakespeare and the RSC. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: Russell Jackson, Emeritus Professor of Drama, University of Birmingham. This illustrated talk will offer an assessment of the work of one of the most influential directors of Shakespeare to emerge during the last half-century. During his tenure as artistic director of the RSC, from 1968 to 1985, Sir Trevor Nunn directed some of the company’s most successful productions. Several of them effectively redefined the plays by opening up new approaches to them. Such were The Winter’s Tale (with Judi Dench as both Hermione and Perdita), All’s Well that Ends Well (with Peggy Ashcroft and Harriet Walter) in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Macbeth and – returning in 1989 as a ‘guest’ director – Othello in the ‘old’ Other Place. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

May 2019

14 May. Shakespeare Club: Shakespeare in Yosemite. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Speaker: Paul Prescott, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick. The National Parks have been called America’s best idea, and the American tradition of free Shakespeare in the Park is perhaps its second best idea. For the last three years, Paul has co-produced site- specific versions of Shakespeare in Yosemite National Park, California. This richly illustrated talk will reflect on the resonance and relevance of Shakespeare’s works in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. http://stratfordshakespeareclub.org/programme.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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