Play of Poore - Lost Plays Database

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.450  Thursday, 68 October 2015


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 7, 2015 at 11:37:25 AM EDT

Subject:    Play of Poore - Lost Plays Database



Play of Poore

Anon. (1616?)


The Part of Poore (Houghton Library, MS Thr 10.1)The actor’s part for the role of Poore, the main character of a lost play known to scholars as the “Play of Poore,” survives in Houghton Library, MS Thr 10.1. The manuscript contains actors’ parts from four different plays, all of which were performed at Christ Church, Oxford, in the first quarter of the seventeenth century. The part of Poore (ff. 21–46v) contains 1580 lines, including Poore’s speeches, brief cue lines spoken by other characters, minimal stage directions, and occasional act and scene designations. Also in the manuscript are parts for Antoninus (ff. 8v-19v) from the anonymous Antoninus Bassianus Caracalla (a play mostly preserved in Bodleian MS Rawlinson C.590); Polypragmaticus (ff. 48-56) from Robert Burton’s Philosophaster (preserved in an autograph manuscript, Houghton Library, MS Thr 10, and a copy, Folger MS V.a.315); and Amurath (ff. 57-71) from Thomas Goffe’s The Couragious Turke (published 1632). 


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BSA Membership for 2015-16 and Upcoming Events

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.439  Monday, 5 October 2015


From:        BSA <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 5, 2015 at 11:50:47 AM EDT

Subject:    BSA Membership for 2015-16 and Upcoming Events


Dear supporters of the British Shakespeare Association, 


We hope this email finds you well.


The 2015/16 year promises to be one of the busiest in the BSA’s history, with a broad range of events and initiatives taking place. As well as continuing to expand our Education Network and honouring new fellows of the BSA, this year will also culminate in the 2016 conference in Hull. 


We are now inviting renewal of memberships for the 2015/16 year. To renew your membership please visit http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/members/join-the-bsa-or-renew-membership/ . Membership dues remain fixed at £25 (£15 concessions) with a further £15 to subscribe to the journal at an enormously discounted rate, including online access. Please be aware that login codes will be changing shortly for access to back issues of the journal – you must be in good standing to retain access. If you cannot remember your membership number, please contact the membership officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a reminder. 


To attend the 2016 conference in Hull, members must be in good standing for the 2015/16 membership year, valid this year until September 2016. For information about the conference, please visit http ://www2 . hull . ac . uk/fass/bsa2016 . aspx . This major conference, which brings together practitioners, teachers and scholars, will be part of the run-up to Hull’s year as UK City of Culture in 2017, as well as celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. 


Membership continues to confer further benefits, including attendance at the Annual General Meeting, which will be held this year on November 7th 2015 at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon at 2pm. All members are invited to attend and contribute to discussion of the BSA’s objectives in the coming year. 


This year, the AGM will be followed by a special event at 3pm awarding Honorary Fellowships to Christopher Grace MBE, the creator of the Animated Shakespeare series and founder of Shakespeare Schools Festival, and Dame Janet Suzman, the performer, director and writer. This event will include a half hour interview with Dame Janet Suzman and an illustrated talk by Christopher Grace, and will be followed by a reception with pay bar. The event is free to current members (£5 for non-members). More details are available at http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/agm-and-bsa-awards-ceremony/


We will shortly also be announcing a new competition celebrating the release of the Shakespeare documentary/travelogue MUSE OF FIRE. Giles Terera and Dan Poole embark on a global mission to find out what excites people about Shakespeare, meeting a range of Shakespeare luminaries along the way. Illuminations is offering a special edition slipcase of the DVD signed by participants Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench, with runner-up prizes of selections of Nick Hern Books and Illuminations DVDs. The competition will be open to all current members – please check your email for further details later this week.


We look forward to an exciting membership year and to continuing to work with our members on new initiatives. We hope to see as many as possible of you at the AGM, and in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries regarding membership. 


The British Shakespeare Association




CFP: South-Central Renaissance Society’s “Exploring the Renaissance 2016: An International Conference”

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.435  Saturday, 3 October 2015


From:        Joan Faust <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 29, 2015 at 2:05:07 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Papers: South-Central Renaissance Society’s “Exploring the Renaissance 2016: An International Conference” 


Exploring the Renaissance 2016:

An International Conference


We welcome you to the 65th meeting of the

South Central Renaissance Conference

March 24-26, 2016 / St. Louis, Missouri / Parkway Hotel


Conference website: 2016conference.shtml


Local Arrangements: Tim Moylan

St. Louis College of Pharmacy


Program Chair: Christopher Baker

Armstrong State University 


William B. Hunter Lecturer

Robert C. Evans

Auburn University at Montgomery


Louis L. Martz Lecturer

Carlo M. Bajetta

Universita della Valle d’Aosta, Italy


Keynote Lecturer

Sara van den Berg

St. Louis University


Sponsored by:

The South Central Renaissance Conference

The Queen Elizabeth I Society

The Marvell Society

The Society for Renaissance Art History


Papers (15-20 minutes in length) are invited on any aspect of Renaissance studies (history, art history, literature, music, philosophy, science, theology). Abstracts only (400-500 words; a shorter 100-word abstract for inclusion in the program) must be submitted via email attachment no later than December 15, 2015 to Program Chair Christopher Baker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Possible topics might include:

  • The intersection of art and science in the Renaissance
  • European influences in music and the arts
  • Painting of the Northern Renaissance 
  • Shakespeare and the classics
  • Women writers of the Renaissance
  • Literature and the Renaissance religious context

Sessions: sessions should be proposed no later than November 1, 2015 and e-mailed to the Program Chair (link given in contact info above). Abstracts of papers for approved sessions should be emailed to Baker, also.


Further 2016 Conference information will be available soon on the SCRC Website.


Program participants are required to join SCRC and are encouraged to submit publication-length versions of their papers to the SCRC journal, Explorations in Renaissance Culture. Shorter papers (up to 3,000 words) are invited for submission to the SCRC newsletter, Discoveries (updated website available soon).


A limited number of graduate travel fellowships are available; graduate students presenting a paper at the conference may apply to the program chair for travel assistance (maximum $300). Complete essays must be submitted electronically by February 1 to be eligible for consideration. Email abstracts to Christopher Baker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Joan Faust

SCRC Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Department of English

Southeastern Louisiana University




SHAKSPER News: Facebook Subscribers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.434  Saturday, 3 October 2015


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Saturday, October 3, 2015

Subject:    SHAKSPER News: Facebook Subscribers


Dear Subscribers,


Please accept my apologies for the unexpected delay in my getting to submissions. It has been one of those weeks and more.


Some good news about SHAKSPER: Sometime ago, we set up a SHAKSPER Facebook page. I post the Table of Contents from all SHAKSPER Newsletters with clickable links to the articles there, along with occasional news stories and comics.


Currently, we have 515 Facebook subscribers in addition to the over a thousand subscribers who receive e-mail Newsletters. Many of the new Facebook subscribers are from places in the world that have recently gotten Internet access and I welcome them to our community.


Hardy M. Cook


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CFP Ohio State, Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616/2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.431  Monday, 28 September 2015


From:        Hannibal Hamlin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 25, 2015 at 12:15:03 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP Ohio State, Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616/2016


Colleagues in the Ohio area might be especially interested in the following CFP:


Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616/2016


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The submission deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is October 15, 2015. Submissions after that date will be happily received, but cannot be guaranteed full consideration. Abstracts may be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On February 19-20, 2016, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host its third annual celebration of popular culture and the deep past at the Ohio State University, with ‘Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616 / 2016,’ an exploration of popular identities past and present with special attention to the world of Shakespeare's time.  As in past years, this event will feature a scholarly conference (featuring papers, round tables, and other academic events) nested inside of a Renaissance-faire-like carnival (featuring exhibits, gaming, contests, and activities of all kinds).


We invite proposals for papers, sessions, workshops, readings, re-enactments, and other presentations or activities, academic or non-academic.  Individual proposals do not have to address both 17th- and 21st-century issues, but we shall seek some balance of the two in the overall planning.  Proposals directly involving Shakespeare and his English environment are encouraged, but we also invite presentations on the broader world of his time and ours, ranging from Cervantes to commedia dell'arte, colonial life, and beyond.  Proposals should evoke or thematize the 'popular' in some way, with regard to literature and the arts, sports and gaming, food and drink, artisans and consumers, material, intellectual, and religious culture, or other dimensions of everyday life.  Please consult our website for further details (


Hannibal Hamlin

Professor of English

The Ohio State University




1616 Symposium (Rhodes College, April 21-22, 2016)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.427  Thursday, 24 September 2015


From:        Newstok Scott <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 23, 2015 at 2:59:43 PM EDT

Subject:    1616 Symposium (Rhodes College, April 21-22, 2016)


Rhodes College, through the bequest of Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, observes the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death with three separate events, considering Shakespeare from the stage, from the screen, and from the intellectual history of the liberal arts.



• From September 28–October 23, acclaimed British actor and director Nick Hutchison will be in residence, visiting dozens of classes as well as working closely with students in rehearsal. His visit will culminate in a free public Symposium on Shakespearean Comedy (Friday, October 23, 2-5pm, McCoy Studio), co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Theatre:


In addition to Hutchison’s presentation of student scenes, Dr. Fiona Ritchie (McGill) will discuss “Gender, Shakespeare, and Emotion on the Eighteenth-Century Stage.” Her visit is co-sponsored by our Gender & Sexuality Studies program.



• On November 8, 2015 (1:00pm, Studio on the Square), the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment partners with the Indie Memphis Film Festival for a screening of Orson Welles’ classic “Chimes at Midnight” (a.k.a. “Falstaff”), celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 1965 release, as well as the 100th anniversary of Welles’ 1915 birth. The screening will be preceded by arias from Falstaff operas, and followed by a discussion with Welles scholars. Film Studies and CODA are co-sponsoring this event.



• On April 21–22, 2016 (Blount Auditorium), we will conclude the academic year with another free public symposium:


The 1616 Symposium will involve a keynote address (Thomas Christensen, author of 1616: The World in Motion), the regional premiere of a show based on the last days of Shakespeare′s life (by UK artist Gareth Somers), and lectures by scholars ranging across the liberal arts: 


Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) on print culture c. 1616

Owen Gingerich (Harvard) on Galileo

Roland Greene (Stanford) on Cervantes

Heather Miyano Kopelson (Alabama) on the origins of slavery in the Bermudas

Michael Legaspi (Penn State) on the genesis of biblical hermeneutics

Gideon Manning (USC) on early modern medicine

William Newman (Indiana), on alchemy and chymistry

Catherine Swatek (UBC), on Tang Xianzu and Kun opera

Henry Turner (Rutgers) on the early modern corporation

Selected lectures will be published in The Hare, an online journal of Renaissance studies.
As part of the symposium, Barret Library will display 1616-related items from our special collections. At the University of Mississippi, a copy of Shakespeare′s First Folio will be on display from April 11–May 1, 2016.

The 1616 symposium is co-sponsored by Asian Studies, Barret Library, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Physics, Political Economy, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Theatre, as well as the Associated Colleges of the South, Communities in Conversation, and the Confucius Institute.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Yours sincerely,

Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Department of English

Rhodes College



Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearceattended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.




UG and PG Students Vox Pop

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.420  Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From:        Sarah Olive <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 22, 2015 at 12:36:15 PM EDT

Subject:    UG and PG Students Vox Pop


I’m trying to circulate, as widely as possible, this opportunity for UG and PG students to contribute to a vox pop on their experiences of studying Shakespeare for the British Shakespeare Association’s Teaching Shakespeare magazine (


Students don’t need to be in any particular discipline. However, they should have completed some school or university in a South East Asian country where English is not the main language of instruction. In return for completing the vox pop, students have the option to receive feedback from a native English speaker & university lecturer on the written English used in their answers.


I would be extremely grateful if you could pass this on through Shaksper, and if readers could pass it, in turn, to their students. Non-student Shaksper readers - who have completed some school or university in a South East Asian country where English is not the main language of instruction - are also very welcome to complete the vox pop, to broaden the feature's focus.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or for further information.


Many thanks and best wishes,

Sarah Olive,

Editor, Teaching Shakespeare 

Lecturer in English in Education

University of York




Student Questionnaire:  pdf SE Asia vox pop (528 KB)





Elsinore Conference 2016 - Shakespeare ­ The Next 400 Years


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.419  Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 17, 2015 at 1:23:00 PM EDT

Subject:    Elsinore Conference 2016 - Shakespeare ­ The Next 400 Years


Elsinore Conference 2016

Shakespeare – The Next 400 Years

22-24 April, 2016

Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark


During his lifetime William Shakespeare was already being hailed as the greatest writer of his day, and the intervening 400 years have only increased his reputation. No other literary figure has affected world culture so profoundly, or has had such a widespread influence on other thinkers and artists. William Shakespeare is the most universally recognised, culturally iconic figure in the world. But why?


For three days in April 2016, on the 400th anniversary of his death, actors and academics, scholars and writers, historians, comic artists, game designers and film makers will be coming together from all over the world, meeting at Elsinore – ‘Hamlet’s castle’ – to discuss and debate the legacy, and the future, of Shakespeare’s work.


This conference/festival will explore two great questions: why, after 400 years, do we continue to read, study, perform, and enjoy the work of this playwright and poet, and how, in the next 400 years, will we continue to do so? Will we present Shakespeare in new ways? Will we use new technologies? New media? Will Shakespeare become a basis for further new works which use him as a launch pad, or even as raw material, or will we go back to the simplicity of his words themselves?


This historic conference truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, offering a chance to be part of a worldwide commemoration of the death of the writer who, ironically, more than any other, deserves the title of immortal. Participants and contributors from every corner of the globe have already signed up.



Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Professor Richard Burt (USA)

Professor Burt is Professor of Loser Theory at the University of Florida. He is the author of countless articles and book chapters, and the author of Unspeakable ShaxXxpeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture, Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media and Licensed By Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship, the co-author (with Julian Yates) of What's the Worst Thing You can Do To Shakespeare, and the editor or co-editor of Shakespeares After Shakespeare, Shakespeare After Mass Media, two volumes of Shakespeare the Movie and Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property and Culture in Early Modern England.


Professor Judith Buchanan (UK)

Professor Buchanan is an academic and film maker, and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. She is the author of Shakespeare on Film and the definitive Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse as well as many articles and book chapters, and is the editor of The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship. She is the screenwriter of a film version of Macbeth shot in the North of England.


Professor Alexa Huang (Taiwan)

Professor Huang is the founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute at George Washington University, where she is Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures and International Affairs. Co-founder of MIT's Global Shakespeare’s performance archive, Professor Huang is a prolific author and editor, with Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange, Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace, and Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance among others. She is co-general editor of the Shakespeare International Yearbook, performance editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and edits the Palgrave-Macmillan series on Global Shakespeares.


Professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (Iran)

An experienced director in both film and theatre, Professor Karimi-Hakak has directed productions both in Iran and America, where he is now Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College in New York State. He has authored seven plays, two volumes of poetry and many translations into Persian or from Persian into English. He has battled censorship over his Shakespeare productions in Iran, and won awards for his performances in Iran, Europe and America. He is currently director of Festival Cinema Invisible.


Panel topics

Panels/seminars include:

  • Global Shakespeare
  • Shakespearean Rediscoveries
  • Shakespeare, Saxo and Elsinore
  • Shakespeare in Translation
  • Shakespeare and the Internet
  • Shakespeare in Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Shakespeare in Animation and Game Design
  • Shakespeare and Technology
  • Shakespeare Director’s Forum
  • Twenty Minute Shakespeares
  • Shakespeare in the World’s Classrooms

In addition there will be two seminars aimed specifically at postgraduate students:

  • Shakespeare and Gender
  • Shakespeare’s Villains



Invitation to Apply for Chair, Dept. of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.418  Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From:        Evelyn Gajowski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        September 18, 2015 at 1:53:32 AM EDT

Subject:    Invitation to Apply for Chair, Dept. of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Dear Fellow SHAKSPER Members, 


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Chair of English at the rank of Full Professor with tenure (literary studies, field open) beginning July 2016.  Candidates should have a distinguished record of publication, teaching, and service.  We strongly prefer candidates with significant administrative experience as chair or its equivalent.  The position is full-time, twelve-month, with a 1/1 teaching load, and the salary is competitive.


The Chair will provide dynamic leadership by promoting professional excellence, maintaining high standards of instruction, and supporting curricular innovation. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, fairness, and inclusiveness; will foster collaboration and open communication; and will provide a breadth of leadership and vision for the department. The English department hosts 25 full-time faculty, and grants the BA with concentrations in literature, professional writing, and creative writing; the MA and PhD in literature as well as the MFA in creative writing; and through its affiliation with the Black Mountain Institute, the PhD with a creative dissertation. 


Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, CV, and at least three letters of reference from colleagues who may be contacted by telephone.  Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin on November 16, 2015, and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materials should be addressed to Prof. Timothy Erwin, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at  For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. UNLV is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups. To view a more complete description and to apply, see


All the best,

Evelyn Gajowski

Professor of English

University of Nevada, Las Vegas





A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.415  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


From:        John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 15, 2015 at 5:13:19 PM EDT

Subject:    A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron  


Below are details about a National Arts Club gathering that will focus on The Lambs, a Midtown theatrical society that has been at the heart of American show business for nearly a century and a half. 



A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron 


Monday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m.

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free


Did you know that New York has a theater club that’s even older than The Players? It’s true. Established in 1874, and named after Charles Lamb, a London critic who helped compile a popular Tales From Shakespeare anthology that remains in print today, The Lambs predated Edwin Booth’s final home by more than a decade and provided a setting for the founding of such powerful organizations as Actors’ Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, the Actors Fund of America, and ASCAP. 


Early members of this prestigious society included such luminaries as Fred Astaire, John Barrymore, Irving Berlin, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, W. C. Fields, Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa, and Fred Waring. To provide an overview on the club’s unique heritage, we’re delighted to welcome Marc Baron, an actor, singer, and director who serves on the New York board of SAG-AFTRA and is now “Shepherd” of The Lambs. He’ll discuss the highlights of an institution that has hosted such resonant events as an early preview of Hal Holbrook’s legendary Mark Twain Tonight


See for details, not only about this program but about gatherings with John Lahr (September 23 in Washington) and James Shapiro (November 30 in New York).


John F. Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild

5B Calle San Martin

Santa Fe, NM 87506-7536

(505) 988-9560 (Office)

(505) 670-9815 (iPhone)  





Day School at Oxford on ‘Shakespeare Now’, 3 October

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.414  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


From:        Tara Stubbs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 15, 2015 at 11:44:06 AM EDT

Subject:    Day School at Oxford on ‘Shakespeare Now’, 3 October


I’ve organised a Day School at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education on ‘Shakespeare Now’. It is of interests to academics, teachers, practitioners and many others interested in Shakespeare and adaptation up to the present day.


Shakespeare Now


The wide success, and sheer volume, of performances and adaptation of Shakespeare’s works in recent years demonstrates their continued appeal. This is particularly important in light of the upcoming commemorations and celebrations to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death in 2016. How have Shakespeare's works continued to inspire us for four centuries? This Day School brings together critics and practitioners to discuss the challenges of adapting and interpreting ‘Shakespeare Now’.



Darren Ormandy’s talk The Hollow Crown considers key scenes in all four films termed together ‘The Hollow Crown.’ He will discuss not only their merits as performance and adaptation but also how these choices may be a reflection of our contemporary concerns. This will deepen students’ appreciation and enjoyment of ‘The Hollow Crown II’ when it is screened next year. 


Brian Cheedle’s talk Shakespeare and Adaptation questions and considers how far productions engage imaginatively with the central action and with significant issues crystalized by the original Shakespearean text, whether it stimulates us to rethink our response to the work. It will give some body to the notions of imaginative engagement, central action and significant issues by considering Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.


Shakespeare and Women


Trevor Nunn recently defended the condemnation of his all-white War of the Roses by citing “historical verisimilitude”. Will the same argument women taking on the most sought after roles in our theatre history an occasional gimmick? Or can actresses like Maxine Peake and Harriet Walter and creatives such as the Donmar Warehouse and the emerging Smooth Faced Gentlemen prove that cross-gender casting is as much a right as racial equality casting and can offer equally challenging and fresh insights to Shakespeare’s work? 


Speaker, Lizzie Hopley, spent most of last year as a Roaring Girl at the RSC. The season, featuring plays with a prominent central female role, was programmed in answer to criticism that not enough women were being featured in RSC productions of classic texts. Aside from these central roles, the men still far outnumbered the women in the Company. And none of the texts were by Shakespeare. As a one-off event, such seasons are great. But what happens when ‘women’s season’ is over? 


In the Q&A session, Darren Ormandy will chair a discussion to include the following topics: the continuing popularity of Shakespeare’s plays; their potential to seem ‘dated’ or otherwise; the most important or significant productions in recent years; which plays are due a revival; and the ethics of race and gender within performance. Questions and comments from the audience are warmly encouraged.


Programme details

Being held at Rewley House

1 Wellington Square







9.30am Registration 


10.00am Shakespeare and Adaptation



11.15am Coffee/tea 


11.45am The Hollow Crown



1.00pm Lunch 


2.00pm Shakespeare and Women



Dr. Tara Stubbs

University Lecturer in English Literature 

Director of Studies in English Literature and Creative Writing, OUDCE

Member of the Oxford English Faculty

& Fellow of Kellogg College Oxford





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