Whether you’re a Shakespeare newbie looking to expand your knowledge and or a lifelong learner searching for something new, our seasonal programmes of events give you access and insights into Shakespeare’s stories, plays and playhouses.
Get actors’ behind the scenes nuggets with post-show Q&As, and expand your knowledge of the canon with pre-show talks from world leading Shakespeare scholars. Bring your family on a journey of discovery with one of our award winning productions and unique story telling experiences. Help us unearth 400-year-old productions in Read Not Dead, and ask was Shakespeare really the best playwright of his age?
This Season: Shakespeare and Friendship
To be ‘Friends’ in Shakespearean England meant many things. Your friend might be a family member, a business associate – or your lover. To be ‘friendless’ was the worst state imaginable.
Enjoy our exploration of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as they return time and again to the central importance of friendship in its many guises: kinship, romance, eroticism and devotion beyond death.
Summer Season: Shakespeare Inspired
Tickets are on sale now for our summer series of Events. Our season explores the works that inspired Shakespeare as well as works and people who have, in turn, been inspired by him.
Shakespeare’s influences and influence are explored in a series of talks, including this year’s Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture by Professor Sir Brian Vickers. Read Not Dead returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a focus on John Ford’s solo authored plays, and discover the playing properties of the Playhouse in Research in Action. You can also join Professor David Crystal and Ben Crystal as they lead an exploration of Henry V in original pronunciation to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.