The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0070  Thursday, 1 February 2007

From: 		Joanne Walen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007 21:51:53 -0700
Subject: 	Shakespeare Summer Course

Plans are currently underway for the 12th annual week-long study program 
at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.  The course includes 
attendance at several Shakespearean plays by the Royal Shakespeare 
Theatre augmented by pre-performance lectures and post-performance 
discussions presented by resident experts.  (Past speakers have 
included: Professor Miriam Gilbert, from the University of Iowa and 
author of Shakespeare in Performance at Stratford: The Merchant of 
Venice, and Dr. Robert Smallwood, past director of the Shakespeare 
Centre in Stratford.) Our study of text and performance will be further 
enhanced by leading RSC actors who will appear in the class as guest 
speakers and talk about their roles in the plays we see.

This Year's Program:

The exciting feature of the program this year is the King Lear with Ian 
McKellan in the title role.  As Paul Edmondson, the director of the 
education program at the Shakespeare Centre, put it: "This is the 
greatest living Shakespearean actor in Shakespeare's greatest role!"  We 
will be able to see the show twice, once before our discussion of it and 
once afterward so that we can see it again with eyes informed by that 

A second exciting feature of this program will be that all the RST 
productions will be held in the Courtyard Theatre, the prototype for the 
new Main House currently under construction.  I had the opportunity to 
see a show in the house last summer-at the inaugural performance, 
actually-and loved it!

A third exciting feature of the program will be that for the first time 
this year, accommodations will be in the Tudor wattle and daub hotel, 
The White Swan.  This hotel is right at the center of town, barely two 
minutes' walk from the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street, where the 
academic portions of the program will occur.

Further information about the program can be found at: 
Or contact:  Carolyn Henly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shakespeare at Stratford
Text and Theater

Shakespeare Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
June 17 -June 23, 2007

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