Richard III: Study Day

Price: £100.00 Book Now

Deep dive into Richard III, Shakespeare’s account of history’s defining narcissist, and discover more about our 2024 production in this interactive Study Day.

Through a series of talks and discussions with academics and artists, you’ll explore the play’s characters, its depiction of tyranny and propaganda, and its portrayal of and relationship with history and its original cultural context.

You’ll end the day with a Q&A with members of the company of our summer production, giving you the chance to ask questions and gain further insight into the show.

This Study Day can be enjoyed on its own but is also a perfect introduction to our production of Richard III so why not round off your day with a ticket to the evening performance following the Study Day. Tickets for the performance are not included in the Study Day ticket price and must be purchased separately.



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Please note, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder for this event

This event is on-site.

Running time is approximately 6 hours, including breaks

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12.00pm – Welcome with Dr Will Tosh, Head of Research (Shakespeare’s Globe) 

12.15 – 1.15pm 

Session 1: ‘“Methinks the truth should live from age to age”: Rewriting History in Richard III with Dr Emily Rowe (King’s College London) 

This lecture introduces attendees to the play’s print history and its contexts, including ideas about the history play as genre, ‘Tudor myth’, and Shakespeare’s literary and historical sources. The session further explores the extent to which Richard III is invested in its own status as a ‘rewriter’ of history. 

1.15pm – 2.15pm  

Break for lunch 

2.15pm – 3.15pm  

Session 2: ‘“The king is sickly, weak and melancholy”: Rethinking the Humoral Body in Richard III’ with Dr Oliver Lewis (University of Roehampton) 

This session examines the representations of the humoral body in Shakespeare’s play to consider how these depictions comment on and complicate our understanding of early modern dis/ability. 

3.15pm – 3.30pm  


3.30pm – 4.30pm 

Session 3: ‘“Teach me how to curse”: Staging the Supernatural’ with Dr Hailey Bachrach (University of Roehampton) 

This interactive session will explore the power of early modern stagecraft, using some of the play’s key moments of supernatural power to reflect on the tools Shakespeare used to weave magic into history. 

4.30pm – 5.00pm  

Tea break – provided 

5.00pm – 6.00pm  

Q&A with members of the Richard III cast 



“The talks were all interesting and gave new insights into the play.”

“Such an amazing experience.”

“It’s great that the Globe study days have started again. Fabulous – and expertly hosted by Will Tosh.”

“Thank you for all your hard work on putting on these events. I shall be back for more!”