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Thursday 10 November




Running time:
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Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe



(£5 FoSG/Student)

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  • Education/Cervantes

Cervantes' influence on the English Stage

Speaker: Professor Barry Ife

Miguel de Cervantes was buried on 23 April 1616 by which time his writings had captured the English literary imagination. This lecture, illustrated by Globe actors, will celebrate the influence Cervantes’ works had on 17th century English theatre.

The first part of Don Quixote was published in Spain in 1605, translated into English within a few years by Thomas Shelton and published in 1612. In 1613 a now lost play, Cardenio, by Shakespeare and Fletcher, was performed inspired by an episode from the novel.

The Novelas Ejemplares was published in 1613. Its stories were soon adapted for the stage by Fletcher, Middleton, Shirley and others. Some Cervantes’ inspired plays will be staged this year as part of our Read Not Dead series. 


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Professor Barry Ife CBE FKC FBbk HonFRAM FRCM became Principal of the Guildhall School in September 2004.