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Shakespeare's Globe

Introductory Lectures

  • Education/IT_2

Various dates, 6.00pm

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe

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£8 | £6 FoSG & Students Approximately 1 hour
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Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks to the plays in the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons.*

*Please note we cannot guarantee that any specific cast or creative team member will be present at our Introductory Lectures.




Wonder Noir - 2016 Winter Season:

The White Devil

Tuesday 31 January & Tuesday 7 February
Speaker: Lois Potter

Lois Potter retired in 2008 as Ned B. Allen Professor of English. Before coming to UD in 1991, she had taught in the Universities of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Leicester, England. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She has also been a visiting professor at Paris III/Sorbonne Nouvelle and Tsuda College, Tokyo. Her publications include A Preface to Milton, Twelfth Night (in Macmillan's Text and Performance series), Othello (in the University of Manchester's Shakespeare in Performance series), Secret Rites and Secret Writing: Royalist Literature, 1641-1660, the Arden edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen, and, most recently, The Life of William Shakespeare (in Wiley-Blackwell's Critical Biography series). She is also a frequent reviewer of plays. Edited collections include two books on Robin Hood, the subject of an international conference that she ran at the University of Delaware in 2005. Both are published by the UD Press, of whose board she was a member for most of her years at UD.



Tuesday 28 February & Tuesday 14 March
Speaker: Tony Howard 

Tony Howard publishes on performance in its social and political contexts, primarily Shakespeare in performance on stage and in the mass media; contemporary British drama; and East European poetry and theatre. His research currently focuses on the relationship between race and Shakespeare in modern Britain; the AHRC-funded Multicultural Shakespeare Project is gathering information on the achievements of black and Asian artists working on the plays in Britain since Paul Robeson played Othello in London in 1930. With Barbara Bogoczek he works on Polish poetry and drama, for example translating lyrics for the composer Zbigniew Preisner.


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Summer of Love - 2017 Summer Season:


Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday 9 May
Speaker: TBC


Tuesday 6 June
Speaker: TBC


Tuesday 20 June
Speaker: TBC


Twelfth Night

Wednesday 24 May
Speaker: TBC


Wednesday 28 June
Speaker: TBC 


Wednesday 5 July
Speaker: TBC 


King Lear

Wednesday 23 August
Speaker: TBC


Wednesday 4 October
Speaker: TBC


Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesday 22 August
Speaker: TBC


Tuesday 19 September
Speaker: TBC