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Shakespeare's Stages

Shakespeare's Stages

Actor Michael Pennington discusses the direct effect on Shakespeare’s writing on the theatres he wrote for, so different from ours. A lecture by Michael Pennington, Actor and Founder of the English Shakespeare Company 6 November 2018 Leading actor and Shakespeare scholar Michael Pennington discusses the direct effect on the dramatist’s writing of the theatres he wrote for, so different from ours. From cinematic intimacy to heroic spaciousness, his plays reflect… Read Article →

'This ain't the shop for justice': Crime in Dickens's London - Dr Tony Williams

'This ain't the shop for justice': Crime in Dickens's London – Dr Tony Williams

From his childhood acquaintance with London, when he feared he might become ‘a little robber or a little vagabond’, Charles Dickens was fascinated by crime. His novels all include criminal activity of some kind as he investigates criminal psychology and the causes of crime. Dickens lived through a period of considerable development in society’s treatment of criminals: the foundation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829, the Detective Force in 1842,… Read Article →

Shakespeare's Politics - Professor Sir Jonathan Bate FBA

Shakespeare's Politics – Professor Sir Jonathan Bate FBA

It is well known that Shakespeare lived in an age of monarchy and wrote powerfully in his English history plays about the duties of the sovereign. In this lecture, Jonathan Bate will tell another, forgotten story: of how Shakespeare was also fascinated by Roman political models, especially the theory of civic duties expounded by Cicero, who appears as a character in Julius Caesar. He will also show how Shakespeare looked… Read Article →

Shakespeare's Fame - Professor Sir Jonathan Bate FBA CBE

Shakespeare's Fame – Professor Sir Jonathan Bate FBA CBE

Ever since classical antiquity, poets and playwrights have written about famous heroes and anti-heroes, lovers and politicians. But they have also yearned for posthumous fame themselves. How do they achieve it? This final lecture will show how Shakespeare helped to immortalize the famous figures of ancient Greece and Rome, and how he in turn became famous after his death as the classics were to Shakespeare, so Shakespeare became a classic…. Read Article →

Shakespeare's London and Ancient Rome - Professor Sir Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare's London and Ancient Rome – Professor Sir Jonathan Bate

William Shakespeare spent his schooldays learning Latin. When he arrived in London and became an actor and playwright, he discovered a city and a culture that modelled itself on ancient Rome. Jonathan Bate tells the story of how and why Shakespeare was steeped in the classics, from his earliest plays such as Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors to his dramatisations of the stories of Julius Caesar and Antony… Read Article →

From Mr Pickwick to Tiny Tim - Charles Dickens and Medicine - Dr Nicholas Cambridge

From Mr Pickwick to Tiny Tim – Charles Dickens and Medicine – Dr Nicholas Cambridge

Charles Dickens’s expert eye for detail enabled him to describe many medical conditions in his writings. He supported hospitals, children’s welfare, public health and the rehabilitation of prostitutes. Through his Journals and lectures he was able to reach out to the population at large and campaign on all of these issues. Dickens also suffered with a number of medical conditions which will be discussed in detail during the lecture. The… Read Article →

Acting on Evidence: How Medical Research has informed Historical Drama - Dr John Powell

Acting on Evidence: How Medical Research has informed Historical Drama – Dr John Powell

John Powell is an experienced medical advisor on a range of television dramas including Casualty 1909 and Downton Abbey. In this lecture he will explain how research in hospital archives and in medical journals has informed drama storylines, and how the television medical advisor works with the writer, the director and the production team on the script and on set. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available… Read Article →

Charles Dickens: Hard Times and Hyberbole - Professor Belinda Jack

Charles Dickens: Hard Times and Hyberbole – Professor Belinda Jack

Dickens’ use of exaggeration is key to his style. But its use has myriad effects from making a character’s disposition unmissable, to adding whimsy and humour. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for… Read Article →