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Introductory Lectures

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Various dates, 6.00pm

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe

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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.


Feedback from recent Introductory Lectures:

The time flew by. I could have happily sat for another hour listening.’

It was so interesting and engaging! 

I was gripped throughout. I got all the more out of the production for having heard the talk first, and was on the look out for the things you noted. Thank you for a wonderful evening.


The Winter Selection 2017/2018




The Winter Selection 2017/2018


All's Well That Ends Well

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Speaker: TBC


Tuesday 20 February 2018
Speaker: TBC


Tuesday 27 February 2018
Speaker: TBC


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Speaker Biographies


Tiffany Stern is Chair of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. She specialises in Shakespeare, theatre history from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, book history and editing. Her monographs are Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000), Making Shakespeare (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), [with Simon Palfrey] Shakespeare in Parts (Oxford: OUP, 2007; winner of the 2009 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies) and Documents of Early Modern Performance (Cambridge: CUP, 2009; winner of the 2010 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies). She has co-edited a collection of essays with Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance (2013), and edited the anonymous King Leir (2001), Sheridan’s The Rivals (2004), Farquhar’s Recruiting Officer (2010), Wycherley’s Country Wife (intro only, 2014), and Brome’s Jovial Crew (2014). She is general editor of New Mermaids and the flagship Shakespeare series, Arden Shakespeare 4. Author of over fifty chapters and articles on sixteenth to eighteenth century dramatic literature, current projects include a book on theatre and fairs, a book on documents beyond performance and an Arden 4 edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Professor Sir Stanley Wells, C.B.E., F.R.S.L., is Honorary President and Former Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His most recent books are Shakespeare in the Theatre: An Anthology of CriticismThe Oxford Dictionary of Shakespeare; The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (edited with Michael Dobson); Shakespeare For All TimeLooking for Sex in ShakespeareShakespeare’s Sonnets and Coffee with Shakespeare, both co-authored with Paul Edmondson; Shakespeare & Co.Shakespeare, Sex, and Love appeared from O U P in 2010, and Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh and Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction in 2015. The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography, co-edited with Paul Edmondson, was published by C.U.P. in November 2015.  He was knighted for services to Shakespeare scholarship in the Queen’s Birthday honours 2016.

Peter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies and Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He was Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon from 1997 to 2002 and is one of the Institute’s Honorary Fellows. He has been a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He was elected President of the Shakespeare Association of America for 2007-8. He has edited many of Shakespeare’s plays (for Penguin, Oxford University Press and the Arden Shakespeare) and written widely on the plays in performance, including English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s. He is the Editor of Shakespeare Survey, the UK’s leading Shakespeare journal, and is General Editor for a number of book series, including an 18-volume series on Great Shakespeareans (with Adrian Poole, for Arden Shakespeare), Oxford Shakespeare Topics (with Stanley Wells and Lena Orlin, for Oxford University Press), Shakespeare in the Theatre (with Farah Karim-Cooper and Bridget Escolme, for Arden Shakespeare). His edition of Coriolanus for the Arden Shakespeare 3rd series appeared in 2013. He is one of the General Editors for the new 4th series of the Arden Shakespeare, which will begin publication in 2023. He is currently writing a monograph on Shakespeare and Forgetting.

Hester Lees-Jeffries is University Lecturer in English at Cambridge University and a fellow of St Catharine’s College. She is the author of Shakespeare and Memory (2013) and England’s Helicon: fountains in early modern literature and culture (2007), as well as many articles and essays on Shakespeare and early modern literature. She has particular interests in performance and visual and material culture; her current book project is Textile Shakespeare (in progress) and she has recently edited The Shakespearean Forest, by the late Anne Barton, for publication by Cambridge UP (2017).

Michael Dobson is Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham. He is also an honorary governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, an executive trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a board member of the European Shakespeare Research Association, a fellow of the English Association, and co-director of the Shakespeare Centre, China. He studied at Oxford (where he won the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize in 1981), and completed his Oxford PhD while a visiting scholar at Harvard; he worked extensively in North America before returning to the UK in the late 1990s, where he taught at Birkbeck, University of London, before taking up his current appointment in 2011. He has held scholarships and visiting appointments in California, China, and Sweden, and holds honorary doctorates from Craiova (in Romania) and Lund (in Sweden).

His publications include The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (new revised edition, with Stanley Wells, Erin Sullivan and Will Sharpe, 2015), Shakespeare and Amateur Performance (2011), Performing Shakespeare's Tragedies Today (2006), England's Elizabeth (with Nicola Watson, 2002) and The Making of the National Poet (1992). Among other work in collaboration with theatre and film practitioners, he is a trustee of Flute Theatre.

Judith Buchanan is Professor of Film and Literature and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. She writes and speaks widely both to academic and public audiences on Shakespeare in performance and on cinema history. Her authored works include Shakespeare’s Late Plays (2001), Shakespeare on Film (2005), Shakespeare on Silent Film: an Excellent Dumb Discourse (2009) and the edited collection The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship (2013). She was Shakespeare Advisor for the new GSP feature film of Macbeth, writes and presents for BBC Radio 4 and is Director of ‘Silents Now’, bringing little-known works of silent cinema to new audiences in fresh ways.