- 14 January to 26 April 2019
- Paul Mellon Centre
This course focuses on contemporary theatre productions in London, with an emphasis on Shakespeare-on-the-stage. We use London as our classroom; going to the theatre each week of the term, attending traditional productions of Shakespeare, reinterpretations, new plays, and revivals. We also travel to Stratford and to other venues. Students read and discuss the plays both before and after the performances; we meet with actors and directors to discuss some of the productions that we will visit. If possible, students will attend a rehearsal. We watch film versions of plays as appropriate. Questions to be considered include: What does the theatre mean to us, today? How has the theater—and theatre going—changed over time? How are decisions made about what plays to produce? How do current productions—of Shakespeare and other contemporary plays we will read and see—address political questions, including questions about race, nationalism, gender identity, and class divisions?