Learn about Shakespeare in print and performance around the world, from early modern times to today.
Why join the course?
Why do we continue to read and perform Shakespeare’s works around the world today? How were his plays performed and printed 400 years ago, and how has our conception of Shakespeare changed over the centuries?
King’s College London has partnered with Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Library to explore how Shakespeare’s works continue to delight audiences around the world.
Join academics, curators, publishers, actors, musicians and theatre directors, as we find out more about Shakespeare’s early modern world and consider his construction as a global icon today.
Go behind-the-scenes at The Globe
We will take you on to the stage of the Globe Theatre, to find out about performance practices both in the present-day capital and in Early Modern London.
We’ll meet practitioners at the Globe and we’ll step into the world of the early modern actor to examine the processes and conditions that were at the heart of the Shakespearean playhouse.
Explore rarely-seen priceless manuscripts
The British Library has given us exclusive access to some priceless manuscripts and early printed texts in their archives. We’ll also discover how the early modern book trade shaped the journey of Shakespeare’s text from stage to page.
Share your own insights with other learners
‘Global Shakespeares’ is one of the key themes which we will explore in the course. When you join Shakespeare: Print and Performance, you will become part of a diverse international learning community, and we will draw on everyone’s experiences of Shakespeare to enrich our discussion.
What topics will you cover?
- Performing Shakespeares
- Early Modern Print
- Shakespeare in Print Today
- Global/Local Shakespeares
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Reflect on Shakespeare as a global cultural icon.
- Investigate how the print industry developed in early modern England.
- Evaluate the impact of editorial policy on the way in which Shakespeare is read and performed today.
- Discuss early modern performance practices and the development of the theatre industry.
- Discuss early modern literary culture and the ‘instability’ of the early modern play text.
- Explore Shakespeare in performance around the world today.
Who is the course for?
Curiosity and interest in William Shakespeare’s works are the only prerequisites you need to join this course!
Familiarity with Shakespeare’s works or prior study relating to Shakespeare will be helpful, though not essential.
Who will you learn with?
Dr Sarah Lewis is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at King’s College London.
I am Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre at King's College London and academic director, Shakespeare400. I have published widely on Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Dr Gemma Miller
Gemma Miller is a lecturer at King’s College London, Shakespeare’s Globe and Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research focus is an early modern drama with a special interest in performance studies.
Rebecca is a first-year PhD student at King's College London. She completed her Masters in Shakespeare Studies at KCL in 2019. Her research interest is waiting for women in history and early modern drama.
Romola teaches at Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research focuses on Shakespeare and different forms of patronage. She is preparing a monograph titled, Shakespeare, Print and Patronage.
Coco is a 3rd year PhD student at King’s College London, researching alternative forms of motherhood. She has taught on the Early Modern and Classical + Biblical Contexts modules at King's.
Hailey Bachrach is a third-year PhD candidate at King's College London. Her thesis considers the dramaturgical role of female characters in Shakespeare's history plays.
Suzy Lawrence is a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant at King’s College London. Her main research interests are early modern drama and the history of emotion.
Who developed the course?
King's College London
King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.
Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries.
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