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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 2016

2 July. Unwrapped: The Alchemist. Swan Theatre. Join our actors and members of the creative team as they unwrap our plays and demonstrate some of the skills that go into making them. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped 

 

11 July. Post Show Talks: Dr Faustus - An informal way of finding out more about the production, the actor's process and what it's like to work for the RSC. Talkbacks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free. Swan Theatre.

12 July. Astraea and China: Reconstructing Robert Cecil’s Housewarming Entertainments (1602). Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe. Join us for this special workshop event exploring the celebratory entertainments commissioned by Queen Elizabeth’s Principal Secretary for the completion of his Strand town-palace in 1602. Starting with an introductory talk by Professor Matthew Dimmock, this will be followed by a staged reading and post-show Q&A with actors, directors and academics. This will be the first full performance of these texts in over 400 years. They offer a remarkable portrait of Elizabeth in the final months of her life and perhaps the first depiction of a Chinese character in English drama. Your feedback and questions will form an important part of this experiment with space, tone and content! This is a joint event with the University of Sussex. 6.00pm - 8.30pm. Tickets: 10 (5 FoSG/Student). http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/research-events/astraea-and-china

14 July. Ben Jonson’s Folio at 400. Professor Martin Butler (University of Leeds). The Works of Benjamin Jonson (1616) was an important precursor for the Shakespeare first folio (1623), being the first collected folio edition of plays and poems published by any playwright working on the English professional stage. This lecture will tell the story of the volume’s publication, and examine the image of the writer that it projects. It will explore the tension between the literary and the theatrical in Jonson’s texts, and ask how Jonson’s idea of the author compares with the figure that comes down from the Shakespeare folio. 7.00pm. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe. Tickets: 15 (12 FoSG/Student). Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/lectures-seminars/sam-talks

19 July. Post Show Talks: The Alchemist - An informal way of finding out more about the production, the actor's process and what it's like to work for the RSC. Talkbacks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free. Swan Theatre.

19 July Introductory Lectures: Macbeth. Dr. Paul Edmondson. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

19 July. Free public lecture. ‘Staging Shakespeare: picturing Shakespeare’s plays in the 18th and 21st centuries’ by Professor Frederick Burwick, University of California Los Angeles
City of Westminster Archives Centre, 
10 St Ann’s St, London, SW1P 2DE

6.30pm - 8pm

Join us for an event to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary, with a free public lecture followed by a wine reception (sponsored by the British Association for Romantic Studies). 

 Frederick Burwick will share his expert knowledge of the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery, opened in Pall Mall in 1789. The talk will examine the extent to which any of the scenes in the Boydell Gallery might be presumed to represent how Shakespeare was actually performed during the period, and also consider present-day models of representation.

 

Prints from the Gallery will be on view, as well as a display about Shakespeare.

 

Places are limited so early bookings are advised: RSVP to City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann’s St, London, SW1P 2DE
Tel: 020 7641 5180
Email: archives@westminster.gov.uk

 

20 July. Post Show Talks: Hamlet - An informal way of finding out more about the production, the actor's process and what it's like to work for the RSC. Talkbacks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free. Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

20 July. Theatre Company Q&As Macbeth. Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

24 July. Shakespeare’s Structure. Join David Edgar for an interactive day exploring Shakespeare’s structural genius, discussing some of his greatest scenes with actors and directors. His guests include barrister and rhetoric expert Benet Brandreth and Simon Godwin, Director of our current production of Hamlet and its lead actor, Paapa Essiedu. Swan Theatre. 11am - 4.30pm. 30 (lunch not included).

25-28 July. RSC Summer School. Now in its 68th year, this celebrated week-long course offers participants insights into current productions (Hamlet, The Alchemist, Cymbeline, Doctor Faustus) and the theatre-making process with talks by actors and directors. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 10am-3pm. Tickets: 160 RSC Members, 170 non-Members, plus cost of performance tickets. 01789 409493. www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-professional-development/rsc-summer-school

26 July. Introductory Lectures: Macbeth. Professor Judith Buchanan. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

27-28 July. 400th Anniversary Special...The Merchant of Venice in Venice! Join our Honorary President, Professor Stanley Wells and our Head of Research, Dr Paul Edmondson for a two-day event in Venice, centred around the production of The Merchant of Venice; a performance (in English) to mark 500 years since the start of the Jewish ghetto in Venice. The cost of 450 includes a ticket for the show, two talks, and receptions, and lunch at Locanda Cipriani. This event is being organised as a fundraiser for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the ticket price also includes a substantial donation towards the transformation of Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford upon Avon. The ticket price does NOT include flights or accommodation. For further information go to: www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/whats-on.html/merchant-of-venice.html

28 July. Unwrapped: Hamlet. Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Join our actors and members of the creative team as they unwrap our plays and demonstrate some of the skills that go into making them. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

 

31 July-6 August. World Shakespeare Congress. hosted at Stratford-upon-Avon and London. (www.wsc2016.info)

August 2016.

2 August. Introductory Lectures: The Taming of the Shrew. Speaker TBC. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

3 August. Theatre Company Q&As The Taming of the Shrew. Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

6 August. Unwrapped: Cymbeline. Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Join our actors and members of the creative team as they unwrap our plays and demonstrate some of the skills that go into making them. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

11 August.. The Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio goes viral. Professor Eric Rasmussen (University of Nevada). In November 2014, within hours of the Saint-Omercopy of the Shakespeare First Folio having been authenticated by Professor Eric Rasmussen, news of its discovery ‘went viral’, receiving an astonishing 12.5 million online page views worldwide, and occasioning widespread claims that the volume proved that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic. Professor Rasmussen will provide a fascinating insiders’ account of these extraordinary events. 7.00pm. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe. Tickets: 15 (12 FoSG/Student). Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/lectures-seminars/sam-talks

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

18 August. Macbeth: The added scenes and the missing scenes. John Wolfson. Macbeth is unusually short for a Shakespeare tragedy, suggesting that some scenes have been lost. The play also contains scenes known to have been added by another hand. The missing scenes and the added scenes are the subject of John Wolfson’s talk this year. Mr. Wolfson will be assisted in his talk by Globe actors. 6.00pm. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe. Tickets: 10 (5 FoSG/Student). Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/lectures-seminars/macbeth-scenes

 

23 August. Director’s Talk: Two Noble Kinsmen - 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

 

23 August. Introductory Lectures: Macbeth. Professor Stanley Wells. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

24 August. Theatre Company Q&As Macbeth. Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

25 August. Director’s Talk: King Lear - 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

31 August. Theatre Company Q&As A Midsummer Night's Dream. Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

September 2016.

6 September. Introductory Lectures: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Professor Andrew Hadfield. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

7 September. Theatre Company Q&As A Midsummer Night's Dream. Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

 

8-11 September. Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives. ‘Remember me!’ commands the ghost of Hamlet’s father at a moment in English history when the very purpose of remembrance of the dead was being transformed. How does the past haunt the present in Shakespeare? What do Shakespeare’s works reveal about the processes of mourning and remembrance? Shakespeare breathed new life into ‘old tales’: how do his acts of literary resuscitation transform the material he revived and what it signifies? This major international conference will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare remembered the past and we remember Shakespeare. The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death offers us a timely opportunity to reflect upon the continuation of his life and art diachronically, spatially from the Globe across the globe, and materially on stage, page, canvas, music score, and screen. How does Shakespeare continue to haunt us? The second strand of the conference focuses on Shakespeare’s literary, dramatic, and transcultural afterlives. The conference thus also seeks to explore the various ways in which Shakespeare’s ghost has been invoked, summoned up, or warded off over the past four centuries. University of Hull. www.hull.ac.uk/bsa2016

14 September.. Director’s Talk: The Rover - 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

17 September. Shakespeare and Playwrights Today: Tom Morton-Smith. David Edgar talks to Tom Morton-Smith about his favourite scenes from Shakespeare and where he finds inspiration in his work. Studio Theatre at The Other Place. 11.30am. Tickets: 5

20 September. Introductory Lectures: Imogen (Cymbeline). Professor Peter Saccio. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

24 September. Unwrapped: King Lear. Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Join our actors and members of the creative team as they unwrap our plays and demonstrate some of the skills that go into making them. Tickets: 5 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk/events/unwrapped

27 September. Introductory Lectures: Imogen (Cymbeline). Dr. Gillian Woods. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

28 September. Theatre Company Q&As Imogen (Cymbeline). Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

October 2016

11 October. Introductory Lectures: Imogen (Cymbeline). Dr. Jane Grogan. Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors. 6pm. Tickets: 8 http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/introductory-lectures

12 October. Theatre Company Q&As Imogen (Cymbeline). Globe Theatre, London. Tickets: 5. Bookings: 020 7401 9919 or http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/pre-post-show/theatre-company-qas

November 2016

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

 

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.

 

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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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