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Shakespeare's Globe



Running time:
Approx 1hour 



Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe



£8 (£6 FoSG/Student)


Please note, latecomers may not be admitted.

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Introductory Lectures

Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors.*


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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday 31 May - Professor Peter Holland

Peter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies and Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He was elected President of the Shakespeare Association of America for 2007-8. He is the Editor of Shakespeare Survey, and is General Editor for a number of book series, including an 18-volume series on Great Shakespeareans, and the Arden Shakespeare4th series.

Tuesday 6 September - Professor Andrew Hadfield

Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. He is the author of a number of studies of early modern literature, culture and history, including Edmund Spenser: A Life andShakespeare and Republicanism. He is currently working on a study of lying and is general editor, with Joe Black, Jennifer Richards and Cathy Shrank, of the Complete Works of Thomas Nashe. He is also vice-chair of the Society for Renaissance Studies.



The Taming of the Shrew

Tuesday 7 June - Dr Charlotte Scott

Charlotte Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has published widely on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book (2007), and her most recent book, Shakespeare's Children which is out next year.  She is the pedagogic advisor the New Oxford Shakespeare, a revised and complete text of Shakespeare's Complete Works, out later this year and previously associate editor for the RSC Complete Works (Palgrave).

Tuesday 2 August
 - Speaker TBC




Tuesday 19 July - Dr Paul Edmondson

Paul is Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. In the summer of 2014 he made a tour of North America in search of Shakespeare across 10,000 miles and 14 Shakespeare Festivals, in partnership with University of Warwick. His publications include Shakespeare (2015) and The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography (2016).


Tuesday 26 July - Professor Judith Buchanan

Judith Buchanan is Professor of Film and Literature and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. Her authored works include Shakespeare’s Late Plays (2001), Shakespeare on Film (2005) and the edited collection The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship (2013). She was the Shakespeare Advisor for the new GSP feature film of Macbeth, and often writes and presents for BBC Radio 4. 


Tuesday 23 August - Professor Stanley Wells

One of the world's foremost Shakespearians, Stanley Wells is a Life Trustee and Former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (1991-2011), Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His books include Royal Shakespeare: Studies of Four Major Productions at the Royal Shakespeare TheatreModernizing Shakespeare’s spellingRe-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader; and Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays.


Imogen (Cymbeline)

Tuesday 20 September - Professor Peter Saccio

Peter Saccio is the Leon Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He has written The Court Comedies of John Lyly (1969) and Shakespeare's English Kings (1977, rev 2000), the latter a classic in the field. His edition of Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 1998. He has lectured at the Globe in London, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many other American Shakespeare Festivals.

Tuesday 27 September - Dr Gillian Woods

Gillian Woods is a Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Theatre at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Unreformed Fictions (joint winner of the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award) and Romeo and Juliet: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. She is co-editing a collection of essays on Stage Directions and the Shakespearean Stage and convenes the ‘Shakespeare Teachers’ Conversations’ series.


Tuesday 11 October - Dr Jane Grogan

Dr Jane Grogan is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. She has written two books on the Tudor poet Edmund Spenser and on Persia, and Iran in English Renaissance writing. She has edited two collections of essays on early modern writing, and is the founder and convenor of the UCD/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lectures.


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Wonder Noir - Winter Season 2016-17

The White Devil

Tuesday 31 January 2017 - Speaker TBC
Tuesday 7 February 2017 - Speaker TBC



Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Speaker TBC
Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Speaker TBC 


Advance booking opens 25 May



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

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