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Staging Race and Diversity in the Shakespearean Theatre

Shakespeare and Race

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Monday 13 August, 6.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Tickets£10 (£5 Members / Students) Running time2 hours 15 minutes
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Actors and scholars come together to experiment, challenge and debate long-held assumptions about the relationship between casting, staging and race in this workshop.

Scenes from Macbeth, Titus Andronicus and Richard II are performed in a number of different ways to examine the relationship between staging practices and racial diversity.

Each scene is followed by conversation facilitated by Dr Erika Lin and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, inviting audience members to join the discussion. 


This workshop examines the relationship between staging practices and racial diversity. To what extent do choices about costume, set and lighting either privilege white actors or place actors of colour at a disadvantage? Does staging Shakespeare in historical dress present a challenge to directors and designers when it comes to racial diversity? 

The workshop is suitable for members of the public interested in the topic and will also be of great interest to creatives wishing to examine and inform their own practices relating to staging race and diversity. 


Dr Erika Lin is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Centre of New York.

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper is the Director of the Festival and Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe.