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Shakespeare Censored?

Censorship Series - Panel Discussion

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Thursday 28 June, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Tickets£15 (£12 Members / Students) | £5 Running time1 hour 30 minutes
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‘Free speech and fearless I to thee allow.’
Richard II, Act I, Scene 1


Should Shakespeare still be censored? Hear leading artists’ opinions and join the debate.


Accused of racism, sexism and anti-semitism, Shakespeare is being banned in some schools and rewritten in rehearsal rooms. Be it in Othello, The Merchant of Venice or The Taming of the Shrew, there’s no ignoring the lines loaded with slights and slurs. So, should Shakespeare be censored? Join leading authors, actors and directors to discuss whether his plays should be edited, adapted or cut.

There will also be the opportunity to put your questions to the panel on the night #JoinTheDebate


Chair: Michael Wood 
Historian and broadcaster who has made well over 100 films, his most recent being Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor. He is the author of many books on English history including the highly praised biography,  In Search of Shakespeare.

Dr Jane Coles
MA English Education Programme Leader and a lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). She taught English in London secondary schools for more than 15 years. She has edited Othello as part of the Cambridge Schools Shakespeare series and co-edited Richard III and Measure for Measure.

Claire Fox 

Director of the Academy of Ideas which was established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions?

Caroline Byrne

Theatre Director whose credits include: All’s Well That Ends Well (Sam Wanamaker Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), Parallel Macbeth (Young Vic), Shakespeare in a Suitcase (co-directed with Tim Crouch for RSC).

Leah Whitaker

Actor whose theatre credits include: Alligators (Hampstead Theatre, 2017)Love's Labour's Love (RSC/Chichester/West End, 2017); Alligators (Hampstead Theatre, 2016); An Audience with Jimmy Savile (Park Theatre, 2015); The Christmas Truce (RSC, 2014), and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe, 2013).