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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 2016

8 November. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Philip Smallwood, Professor Emeritus of Birmingham City University and Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities at Bristol University. “Two Comprehensive Minds: Samuel Johnson and William Shakespeare. 7.45pm

10 November. Cervantes' influence on the English Stage. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe. Miguel de Cervantes was buried on 23 April 1616 by which time his writings had captured the English literary imagination. This lecture, illustrated by Globe actors, will celebrate the influence Cervantes’ works had on 17th century English theatre. 7.00pm. Tickets: 10 (5 FoSG/Student). http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/lectures-talks/cervantes-influence

 

12 November. Shakespeare and Playwrights Today: Ella Hickson. David Edgar talks to Ella Hickson about her favourite scenes from Shakespeare and where she finds inspiration in his work. Studio Theatre at The Other Place. 11.30am. Tickets: 5

 

16 November. Director Talk: The Tempest. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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


17 November
These are the youths that thunder at the Playhouse. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe. Two rising stars in Shakespeare studies share their research with you in 20 minute papers followed by the opportunity for discussion. Dr Jakub Boguszak - 'Keeping Track of Shakespeare’s Disappearing Lines' and Dr Miranda Fay Thomas - 'Why Gesture? Shakespeare’s Body Language and the Performance of Power'. 6.00pm. Tickets: 10 (5 FoSG/Student). http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/lectures-talks/youths-that-thunder

19 November. King Lear’s Subjects: The Fool. A panel of actors who have played the role of The Fool discuss King Lear through the eyes of one of his most loyal subjects. Onstage at the Barbican. 10.30 - 11.30am. Tickets: 8.

 

22 November A free pop-up exhibition on 'Stratford Curiosities'. Explore an alternative history of Stratford-upon-Avon through the collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, in a free pop-up exhibition. Meet some of the colourful characters who were custodians of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, learn what the Glyptic Museum was and discover when elephants bathed in the Avon. There will be items on display from the library, archive and museum collections and members of the collections team on hand to advise and entertain. This event will take place in The Shakespeare Centre, our Reception team will be on hand to direct you to the Reading Room.

 

30 November. Writer & Director’s Talk: The Seven Acts of Mercy - 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, Swan Theatre, 5.15pm. 5

December 2016.

1-3 December. Cultures of Mortality: Death on the Shakespearean Stage. 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare, Francis Beaumont, the theatrical entrepreneur Philip Henslowe and the Spanish dramatist Miguel de Cervantes. We are marking this memorable year with an international conference that explores death, rituals of dying and the experience of loss on the early modern stage. Men and women in early Jacobean England understood that death could have significant social, cultural and artistic implications, not least because the country had recently been plunged into unexpected mourning by the death of the Stuart heir to the throne, Prince Henry. How did dramatists respond to these powerful social and emotional forces in their engagement with morbidity, mortality and bereavement?  Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe 75/65 FoSG/45 student. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/symposia-conferences/cultures-of-mortality

3 December. Creating the Tempest: A 21st Century Masque. The elaborate performance masques of Shakespeare’s time utilised the most advanced stage craft to entertain the court. Our panel will discuss the inspiration behind our fantastical new production, from Tudor masques and Shakespeare’s stage directions to the process of employing digital technology to create the magic on stage. Speakers include Gregory Doran (RSC Artistic Director and director, The Tempest), and Tawny Schlieski (Director of Client Research at Intel). Onstage in The Other Place auditorium. 11am - 12.15pm. Tickets: 8

3 December. King Lear’s Subjects: Cordelia. Actors who have played Cordelia discuss her relationship with her father, the eponymous king. Onstage at the Barbican. 10.30 - 11.30am. Tickets: 8.

3 December. Film Talk: The Bard in Hollywood. Ever since the movies began, Shakespeare has been on screen, either under his own name or veiled in genre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mickey Rooney, Julius Caesar with Brando, Orson Welles’ adaptations from Yellow Sky (The Tempest), Broken Lance (King Lear), West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet) to My Own Private Idaho (Henry IV) and Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and beyond. Film London’s Chief Executive, Adrian Wooton returns from his world tour of presenting Shakespeare on Screen to praise Shakespeare’s achievements. There will be a complete screening of Kiss Me Kate as part of this event. Cinema at Warwick Arts Centre. 11.00am. Tickets: 12.50 (10) http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2016/film-talk-the-bard-in-hollywood


8 December. Lecture: ‘A Stranger Pyramus than e’er Played Here’: Transformations and Translations in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Presented by Professor Trevor R. Griffiths. 7:30pm: Art Worker’s Guild, London. All lectures are free and open to the public.

10 December. King Lear’s Subjects: Kent. A panel of actors who have played the role of the Earl of Kent explore his relationship with his king. Onstage at the Barbican. 10.30 - 11.30am. Tickets: 8.

 

10 December. Creating the Tempest: Embodying Ariel. The collaborative process that will bring the many forms of the spirit Ariel to life on our stage has involved a unique blend of creative theatre practice and pioneering digital experimentation. Our speakers will share insights into the production and rehearsal process, and the digital techniques used in the show. Speakers include Stephen Brimson Lewis (RSC Director of Design) and Ben Lumsden (Head of Studio, The Imaginarium). Onstage in The Other Place auditorium. 11am - 12.15pm. Tickets: 8

12 December.. Post Show Talks: The Tempest. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Stay on after the show and talk to members of the acting company at these regular, free events. Join us at our regular post show talkback events. Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Free event. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

13 December. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Alan Smith, Head of Armoury, Royal Shakespeare Theatre. “The RSC Armoury and Shakespeare”. 7.45pm

17 December. Creating the Tempest: Brave New Digital World. What does the future hold for digital storytelling in theatre? Speakers include Sarah Ellis (RSC Head of Digital Development) and Clare Reddington (Creative Director, Watershed). Onstage in The Other Place auditorium. 11am - 12.15pm. Tickets: 8

January 2017

10 January. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Sir Richard Eyre, CBE. Presidential Evening: “Shakespeareana”. 7.45pm 

10 January. Post Show Talks: The Two Noble Kinsmen. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Stay on after the show and talk to members of the acting company at these regular, free events. Join us at our regular post show talkback events. Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Free event. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

23 January. Post Show Talks: The Seven Acts of Mercy. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Stay on after the show and talk to members of the acting company at these regular, free events. Join us at our regular post show talkback events. Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions. Free event. https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/post-show-talkback

31 January. Introductory Lectures: The White Devil. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6.00pm. Tickets: 8 (6 FoSG/Student) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

 February 2017

7 February. Introductory Lectures: The White Devil. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6.00pm. Tickets: 8 (6 FoSG/Student) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

14 February. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Dr. Will Tosh, The Globe Theatre. “Playing Indoors: Staging Early Modern Drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse”. 7.45pm 

28 February. Introductory Lectures: Othello. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6.00pm. Tickets: 8 (6 FoSG/Student) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

 March 2017

1 March. Writer & Director Talk: Snow in Midsummer. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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

10 March. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Chris Hill, Director of Sales and Marketing, Royal Shakespeare Theatre. “Selling Shakespeare”. 7.45pm

14 March. Introductory Lectures: Othello. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6.00pm. Tickets: 8 (6 FoSG/Student) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

17 March. Director Talk: Julius Caesar. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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

21 March. Director Talk: Antony and Cleopatra. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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

April 2017

4 April. Director Talk: The Hypocrite. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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 April. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Tim Raistrick, Chairman of the Friends of the Guild Chapel . “‘A right goodly Chapel’: Stratford-upon-Avon’s Guild Chapel, its Mediaeval Wall Paintings and the Shakespeare Connection”. 7.45pm

29 April. Shakespeare’s Rome: Julius Caesar. Studio Theatre at The Other Place. A panel including Angus Jackson (Rome Season Director) explores the power dynamics of Rome as depicted by Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, through the lens of modern society. 5.00 – 6.15pm. Tickets: 8 (01789 403493) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/debates  

 May 2017

9 May. Shakespeare Club. Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon Dr. Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick. “Troilus and Cressida in Performance: A History of Radical Experiment”. 7.45pm

17 May. Director Talk: Vice Versa. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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 

June 2017

7 June. Director Talk: Salome. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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

 July 2017

3 July. Director Talk: Titus Andronicus. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 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 July. Shakespeare’s Rome: Titus Andronicus. Studio Theatre at The Other Place. Blanche McIntyre (director, Titus Andronicus) joins Angus Jackson (Rome Season Director) to discuss the Rome depicted by Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus, through the lens of modern society. 5.00 – 6.15pm. Tickets: 8 (01789 403493) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/debates

August 2017


4 August.
Shakespeare’s Rome: Antony & Cleopatra. Studio Theatre at The Other Place. Iqbal Khan (director, Antony & Cleopatra) joins Angus Jackson (Rome Season Director) to discuss the Rome depicted by Shakespeare in Antony & Cleopatra, through the lens of modern society. 5.00 – 6.15pm. Tickets: 8 (01789 403493) https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/debates

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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