Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0603. Thursday, 3 August 1995.
From: Joanne Walen <
Date: Wednesday, 2 Aug 1995 13:36:36 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare: Text and Theater Course
I would like members of the list to be aware of a one-week course,
"Shakespeare: Text and Theater" to be offered through the Shakespeare Centre at
Stratford-uon-Avon, England, June 16-22, 1996. It is designed for anyone
interested in seeing and discussing performance choices in six RSC productions.
Undergraduate or graduate credit is available through the University of Nevada,
Reno. Those who would like a syllabus and further information can reply
privately to me at
I have included the syllabus so you can see that this is an educational, not a
profit-making endeavor. If you publish the notice, you may wish to publish the
syllabus, too, or not. I'm not sure what your policy is on these issues.
11500 Pickens Drive
Reno, Nevada 89511
August 2, 1995
It looks as if the Shakespeare Express will take off to Stratford for the
week of June 16-22, 1996. Or it might be June 23-29, depending on which week
is "dark" at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Dr. Robert Smallwood
and I are at present planning on the earlier week, but we can't be absolutely
sure until the RSC schedule is released in early February.
The estimated cost of the course: lodging, meals (breakfast and dinner),
coaches, tickets, classes, and collection from the airport and return would
be about L455 per person (based on a group of 20); at a 1.6 exchange
rate--subject to change--that's $728 for seven days, with airfare extra. I
will work on getting a group airfare rate; however, people who are not in
Reno should be able to depart from their own cities. Favorable rates out of
Reno seem to hover around $700-800 during June. Lodging is in guest houses (B
& B's), with breakfasts and dinners provided on the non-London evenings.
Lunches are at a place of your own choice.
A timetable of events for the week would look something like this (play
titles can't be listed until after February), based on a similar one-week
course for this year:
Sunday: Arrive in Stratford; dinner at the guest houses
Monday: 10:00 am, Dr. Smallwood introduces the course; 11:00 am, tea (every
day); 11:30 am, "Shakespeare and Stratford"; 2:30 pm, lecture on Play 1; 4:00
pm, RSC session #1(personnel, actors); 7:30 pm, performance of Play 1
Tuesday: 9:15 am, visit Shakespeare's Birthplace; 10:00 am, discussion of
Play 1; 11:30 am, lecture on Play 2; 2:00 pm, depart by coach for London
theater; 7:15 pm, performance of Play 2
Wednesday: 10:00 am, discussion of Play 2; 11:30 am, RSC session #2; 1:45 pm,
depart by coach for visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage at Shottery and Mary
Arden's home at Wilmcote; 4:15 pm, lecture on Play 3; 7:30 pm, performance of
Play 3 at RSC with backstage tour after the play
Thursday: 9:30 am, discussion of Play 3; 11:00 am, lecture on Play 4; 1:30
pm, matinee performance of Play 4; free evening (could see an additional
Friday: 10:00 am, discussion of Play 4; 11:30 am, lecture on Play 5; 2:30
pm, lecture on Play 6; 4:00 pm, RSC session #3; 7:30 pm, performance of Play
Saturday: 9:30 am, discussion of Play 5; 11:00 am, RSC session #4; 2:00 pm,
depart by coach for London; 7:15 pm, performance of Play 6. End of course.
Sunday: depart from London for home or other travel
As you can see, this would be quite a packed week. It is not designed as a
course for teaching how to use performance in the classroom, but rather how
to "read" performance text--hence the title-- Shakespeare: Text and Theater.
Credit would be available through the University of Nevada, Reno, probably
two graduate or undergraduate credits in either English or Education.