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Shakespeare's Globe

Adult Courses

Shakespeare and Race, Shakespeare's Bold Women & Shakespeare on Love

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6 - 10 March, 30 May - 3 June & 14 - 18 August 2017

Sackler Studios, Shakespeare's Globe

£230 | £210 FoSG & Students
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Our courses are designed for members of the general public who want to learn more about the theatrical and socio-political context of Shakespeare’s plays. They are run by leading scholars and theatre practitioners.

Advised age of participants: 18+ 

See below for the outlines of our 2017 courses.


Shakespeare and Race: Performing Othello Now

Monday 6 - Friday 10 March
2.30pm - 6.30pm

This course will focus on the racial tensions in Othello. Course Director Dr Miranda Fay Thomas will discuss the history of race and debate the problems of performing this play today, joined by fellow scholars and theatre practitioners .

For more information about this course, download the Shakespeare and Race - Course Outline.

Please note that the times for this particular course are 2.30pm – 6.30pm.
The course fee does not include tickets to

Dr Miranda Fay Thomas is a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She recently completed a PhD, co-supervised by King’s College London and the Globe, on shaming gestures in Shakespearean drama. Last year, her research was put into practice at the interactive workshop, ‘Gesture Lab’, in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.  Her published work includes articles on Julius Caesar and gesture for Early Modern Literary Studies, and her article on queerness in Twelfth Night was published by the British Library as part of the Discovering Literature project. She has also written book and stage reviews for Shakespeare Bulletin, Early Theatre, The Times Literary Supplement, and What’s On Stage, as well as a piece on Shakespeare and 2016 politics in The Independent. Currently, she is working on her first monograph, entitled Shakespeare’s Body Language. Miranda has previously taught at King’s College London and the University of Greenwich, and is now a Visiting Tutor at St Anne’s College, Oxford.



Shakespeare's Bold Women

Tuesday 30 May - Saturday 3 June
2.00pm - 6.00pm

Focusing on the characters of Juliet, Viola and Beatrice, this course explores the representation of Shakespeare’s bold female roles. Scholars and theatre practitioners will join you in exploring how gender is portrayed in Shakespeare’s plays.

Please note the course fee includes a ticket to the Back By Popular Demand Voting Event on Thursday 1 June at 7.00pm in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.


Shakespeare on Love

Monday 14 - Friday 18 August
2.00pm - 6.00pm

This course will focus on the perceptions of love in Elizabethan England. Join theatre practitioners and scholars as they discuss a variety of representations of love during Shakespeare’s time.

Please note the course fee includes a ticket to John Wolfson’s talk on Shakespeare’s Sonnets on Thursday 17 August at 6.00pm in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.