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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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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/    

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/

8 December. Perdition Catch My Soul: Shakespeare, Hell and Damnation. Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, London. This one-day symposium will examine the dramatization of early modern philosophies of hell and damnation. We will ask how Renaissance drama explored the hazards of judgement, damnation, and perdition. What did playwrights think it meant to sell one’s soul to the devil? What was their definition of sin? What role did the devil play in theatre and in people’s everyday lives? Papers are invited on (but not limited to) topics such as: hell, damnation, sin, the devil, the demonic, Satan, witchcraft, the supernatural, prophecy, and theological disputes. 10.00am. Tickets: 55 (45 Members and 25 Students) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/shakespeare-hell-and-damnation

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

20 February. Director Talks: As You Like It. 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

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

 

18 March. Director Talks: The Taming of the Shrew. 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

29 March. Director Talks: Kunene and the King. 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

 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

11 April. Post Show Talks: Kunene and the King. 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

20 April. Unwrapped: The Taming of the Shrew. 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

24 April. Post Show Talks: The Taming of the Shrew. 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

May 2019

8 May. Director Talks: The Provoked Wife. 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

11 May. Unwrapped: As You Like It. Theatre, Royal Shakespeare 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

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

 

20 May. Post Show Talks: As You Like It. 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

29 May. Director Talks: Venice Preserved. 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

June 2019

29 June. Unwrapped: Venice Preserved. 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

July 2019

3 July. Director Talks: Measure for Measure. Theatre, Royal Shakespeare 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 July. Unwrapped: The Provoked Wife. 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

15 July. Post Show Talks: Venice Preserved. 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

23 July. Post Show Talks: The Provoked Wife. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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