Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
£8 (£6 FoSG/Student)
Please note, latecomers may not be admitted.
Inspiring introductory talks about the plays in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons, given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors.*
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tuesday 3 May - Professor Michael Dobson
Michael Dobson is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. His publications include The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2001, revised 2015), and Shakespeare and Amateur Performance (2011).
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 Shakespeare 4th 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 and Shakespeare 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 17 May - Professor Tony Howard
Tony Howard is Professor of English at Warwick University. He is the author of Women as Hamlet (CUP) and is lead investigator for the ‘Multicultural Shakespeare’ project, celebrating the history of black and Asian performers' work on the plays. He translates Polish poetry with Barbara Bogoczek, and is the film critic of 'Around the Globe'.
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 Theatre; Modernizing Shakespeare’s spelling; Re-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader; and Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays.
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.
*Please note we cannot guarantee that any specific cast or creative team member will be present at our Introductory Lectures.