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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.

February 2015

26 February. Open Set Changeover Swan Theatre: The Shoemaker's Holiday to Oppenheimer. Watch the RSC Production Teams turn the set around from one play into another and learn about the process of creating the sets you see.  Swan Theatre, 2pm. 5.

March 2015

4 March. Open Set Changeover. Swan Theatre: Oppenheimer to The Shoemaker's Holiday - Watch the RSC Production Teams turn the set around from one play into another and learn about the process of creating the sets you see.  Swan Theatre, 4.45pm. 5.

10 March. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Dr. Sophie Duncan. “Shakespeare and the Sufragettes”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

11 March. Society for Theatre Research Lecture – The Gladiator, the Indian, the Dutchman and Shakespeare: Three American Actors in Nineteenth-Century England. Presented by Dr Arthur Bloom.
The New York Mirror
of December 4, 1880 wrote that for nineteenth-century American actors, ‘the verdict of foreigners’ was ‘the verdict of posterity’. In order to be acknowledged as a major tragedian or comedian, an American actor had to gain the respect of European, particularly English, audiences and critics. This lecture will survey the attempts of Edwin Forrest, Joseph Jefferson and Edwin Booth to find success on the English stage and will particularly focus on why Jefferson was received so positively while Forrest and Booth fought an uphill battle to gain popular and critical favour. Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London, 7.30pm. Free.

23 March. Director Talk: Jew of Malta - A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage. Swan Theatre, 5.15pm. 5.

29 March. Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Festival. Students from the UK’s leading drama schools present scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the Globe theatre. The public performance offers a heady mix of tragical, historical, pastoral and comical scenes culminating in one mighty festive finale jig. (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com.

31 March. Director Talk. Death of a Salesman – A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 5.15pm. 5

31 March. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. The Broken Heart. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 7 (5 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

 April 2015

14 April. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. The Broken Heart. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 7 (5 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

17 April. Director Talk Love's Sacrifice - A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage. Swan Theatre, 5.15pm.

17 – 18 April. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The Halved Heart - Shakespeare & Friendship Academic Conference. Our Autumn season concludes with an international conference on the place of friendship in early modern drama and theatre culture. Leading scholars will explore the Renaissance fascination with idealised friendship – imagined as the sharing of ‘one soul in two bodies’ – and ask how the model was conceived on stage. Shakespeare and his contemporaries were well aware that a potential friend could be ‘another self’ or a false flatterer. This complexity was a rich source of inspiration for early modern dramatists. The conference closes with the final Read Not Dead of the season, the anonymous tragi-comedy The Faithful Friends (1614). Booking opens soon.(Tickets for Read Not Dead must be purchased separately.) Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 10.00am - 5.00pm. 55 (45 FoSG/Student). www.shakespearesglobe.com.

23 – 26 April. Stratford’s tradition of the Birthday Celebration dates back more than 100 years and brings together residents and visitors with people from the worlds of diplomacy, theatre, literature and academia in a vibrant mix of pageantry and performance. Each year, Stratford-upon-Avon comes alive to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday, particularly on the Saturday closest to 23rd April when a grand Birthday Procession parades through the historic spine of Stratford and finishes with the laying of flowers on Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church. Free street entertainment and special Birthday-themed activities are often provided at venues and locations across the picturesque town, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The RSC and a wide range of local businesses and community groups. http://shakespeares-england.co.uk/shakespeare-450

26 April. Birthday Bash at the RSC - At this midway moment between the two anniversary years we will bring together a host of actors and musicians to perform extracts from some of Shakespeare's most celebrated works. Inspired by previous Shakespeare anniversaries galas including David Garrick's famous Jubilee and Frank Benson's Tercentenary concerts in London and Stratford, we will make Shakespeare's 451st birthday a most memorable occasion. Royal Shakespeare Theatre,  4pm. Ticket prices 16 - 35. (0844 800 1110). www.rsc.org.uk.

May 2015

5 May. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. The Merchant of Venice. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 7 (5 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

12 May. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. The Merchant of Venice. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 7 (5 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

19 May. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. The Merchant of Venice. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 7 (5 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

19 May. Society for Theatre Research Lecture – Annual Address: Cleopatra’s Sisters. Presented by Dame Janet Suzman. The Annual Address will deal with the ever-veiled participation of women in Shakespeare’s world. That mystery gives the celebrated actress, Dame Janet Suzman, the opportunity to take issue with the prevailing view on women’s role in inspiring a depth of character unknown in other writers. 8.15pm (following the AGM), at the Art Workers Guild, Bloomsbury, London. Free.

20 May. Director Talk The Merchant of Venice – A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 5.15pm. 5.

26 May. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. The Merchant of Venice. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 7 (5 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

June 2015

10 June. Director Talk Othello – A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 5.15pm. 5.

20 June. Unwrapped: The Jew of Malta - Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift the play from the page to the stage. Swan Theatre, 10.15am. 5.

August 2015

1 August. Unwrapped:  Othello Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift the play from the page to the stage. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 10.15am. 5.

8 August. Unwrapped: The Merchant of Venice Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift the play from the page to the stage. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 10.15 am. 5.

22 August. Unwrapped: Volpone - Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift the play from the page to the stage. Swan Theatre at 10.15am. 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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