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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.

July

2 July. Music in the Early Modern Indoor Playhouse. With Dr Simon Smith (The Queen’s College, Oxford) and Dr Will Tosh. Cast and consort members TBC. Join the Globe’s Early Modern Music Research Associate Simon Smith as he explores music and space in the early modern indoor playhouse. We might assume that seventeenth-century musicians kept to the gallery as the action unfolded below, but as Simon will reveal, early musicians were much more mobile than we have thought. This workshop will feature excerpts from plays including the little-staged The Insatiate Countess, and live musical performances by Globe musicians. Shakespeare's Globe, 6.30 – 8.30pm.  12 (7 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

4 July. Setting the Scene: Cast Q&A- As You Like It - Theatre company members share their experiences of playing the Globe and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 15 minutes after matinee. 5. (020 7401 9919).

4 July. Study Day- Measure for Measure - Join us for a day of workshops, seminars and lively discussion led by leading scholars and Globe theatre artists, exploring the text, context and performance of the seasons plays. Shakespeare's Globe, 10.00 am -5.50pm.  55 (45 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

9 July. Shakespeare, Othello and Islam -Professor Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Tom Cornford (University of York). A staged reading, directed by Dr Tom Cornford, of the Italian short story which provided Shakespeare with his source for Othello. This precedes Jerry Brotton’s exploration of Elizabethan interest in Muslim characters and settings. This includes a re-reading of Othello in the light of Anglo-Islamic encounters. Shakespeare's Globe, 7pm.  15 (12 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

15 July. Setting the Scene: Cast Q&A- Measure for Measure- Theatre company members share their experiences of playing the Globe and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 15 minutes after matinee. 5. (020 7401 9919).

18 July. Setting the Scene: Cast Q&A- Richard II- Theatre company members share their experiences of playing the Globe and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 15 minutes after matinee. 5. (020 7401 9919).

18 July. Study Day- As You Like It - Join us for a day of workshops, seminars and lively discussion led by leading scholars and Globe theatre artists, exploring the text, context and performance of the seasons plays. Shakespeare's Globe, 10.00 am -5.50pm.  55 (45 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

21 July. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. Richard II. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

18 July. Study Day- Richard II - Join us for a day of workshops, seminars and lively discussion led by leading scholars and Globe theatre artists, exploring the text, context and performance of the seasons plays. Shakespeare's Globe, 10.00 am -5.50pm.  55 (45 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

 

 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. RST at 10.15am. 5

3 – 7 August. Making Shakespeare Week - A series of practical workshops that offer the opportunity to share and develop acting, performance and devising skills with RSC practitioners.This week of practical skills workshops explore how we create performances on stage. From acting to directing, the week builds towards creating a short performance at the RSC's Clore Learning Centre. Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10am - 4pm, Suitable for ages 18 +, 150. (0844 800 1114).

4 August.  Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. Measure for Measure. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

5 August. Setting the Scene: Cast Q&A- Measure for Measure- Theatre company members share their experiences of playing the Globe and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 15 minutes after matinee. 5. (020 7401 9919).

6 August. Beds and Bedroom Scenes. With Dr Will Tosh and Dr Elizabeth Sharrett. Cast TBC. Will Tosh and Elizabeth Sharrett (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) explore the performance of bedroom scenes in early modern drama. How did playwrights use the challenging intimacy of the indoor playhouse to highlight moments of seduction and delight, as well as threat, sexual violence and sexualised murder? Shakespeare's Globe, 6.30 – 8.30pm.  12 (7 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

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. RST at 10.15 am. 5.

9 August. Is Othello a racist play? -Speakers including Iqbal Khan (director, Othello) Hugh Quarshie (playing Othello) and Lucian Msamati (playing Iago) discuss whether Othello can be considered a racist play. The debate will draw on our current production, and examine what it means to stage a contemporary interpretation of the play. RST at 11am – 12.30pm  8

11 August. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. As You Like It. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

11 August. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. As You Like It. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

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

30 August. Are The Merchant of Venice and The Jew of Malta anti-Semitic plays? A panel including Justin Audibert (director, The Jew of Malta) Howard Jacobson (Man Booker Prize-winning novelist) and Emmanuel Witzthum (Head of Arts at the British Council, Israel) examines the theme of religious tensions and prejudice in both Shakespeare's time and our own. RST at 11am – 12.30pm  8

 September 2015

21 September. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. As You Like It. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

8 September. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. Measure for Measure. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

21 September. Director’s Talk Henry V - 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

22 September. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. Measure for Measure. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

29 September. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. Richard II. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

30 September. Setting the Scene: Cast Q&A- Richard II - Theatre company members share their experiences of playing the Globe and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 15 minutes after matinee. 5. (020 7401 9919)

October 2015

1 October. Inspirational Leadership - Lessons from Henry V- Richard Olivier - Artistic Director and Founder of Olivier Mythodrama. Inspired by research he and Mark Rylance conducted into the eternal myth of leadership in Henry V, Richard Olivier tells the mythical story of this play, outlining the essential ingredients of inspiration. Shakespeare's Globe, 7pm.  15 (12 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

2 October. Shakespeare in 1606 - Professor James Shapiro (Columbia University). James Shapiro, professor and author of the prizewinning book about a crucial Elizabethan year, 1599, will discuss a no less vital Jacobean year, 1606. It was in this year Shakespeare finished King Lear and went on to write Macbeth and Antony & Cleopatra. Shakespeare's Globe, 7pm.  15 (12 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

3 October. Unwrapped: Henry V- 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

6 October. Setting the Scene: Leading scholars provide introductions to the evening play, supported by Globe actors. Richard II. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, 6pm. 8 (6 FoSG/Student). (020 7401 9919).

7 October.  Setting the Scene: Cast Q&A- Richard II - Theatre company members share their experiences of playing the Globe and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 15 minutes after matinee. 5. (020 7401 9919).

November 2015

21 November. Unwrapped: Henry V- 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. Barbican Theatre, London. 5

24 November. Director’s Talk Henry V - A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage. Barbican Theatre, London,  5.15pm. 5

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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