Something Extra

Please see below a list of events which may be of interest and are all running alongside the World Shakespeare Congress 2016. Further opportunities will be posted here in due course.

Please note: the events listed are organised separately to the Congress and are not the responsibility of the World Shakespeare Congress 2016.

Any queries regarding these events should be directed to the organising institution.

Discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright

Venue: Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HB

Dates: Open daily

Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm (4.30pm last admission)

Tickets: Quote “World Shakespeare Congress 2016” at the ticket desk for half price tickets

Immerse yourself in sixteenth century Stratford-upon-Avon and explore the very room where William Shakespeare sat as a pupil in the 1570s and see the space where he saw plays acted by the country’s greatest actors of the day. Following major restoration and conservation works, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon opened to the public on 23rd April 2016. This authentic experience brings to dramatic life a chapter in Shakespeare’s history that has so far remained untold in home town – his education and inspiration.

“One of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain.”
“There are few more evocative buildings in Britain than this simple timber framed one. It is nothing less than a memory room for the town and the nation.”
Historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood

“It has been thrilling to see the ancient Guildhall open to such a diversity of visitors and to hear such enthusiastic comments. The visual and auditory explanations now installed have brought alive this beautiful, story-crammed building for the enjoyment of everyone with a care for or interest in the legacy of early Stratford and of William Shakespeare, a boy and young man whose mind and imagination were formed in this very place.”
Professor Ronnie Mulryne

Gregory DoranGreg Doran and James Shapiro in Conversation

Join us for this special event, offering an opportunity to hear our Artistic Director Gregory Doran and Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro in conversation.

Venue: Onstage, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB

Date: Tuesday 2 August

Time: 5.30pm – 6:15pm

Ticket: Tickets £5

Gregory Doran, our Artistic Director and James Shapiro, Professor of English at Columbia University and author of 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, talk about staging King Lear in our time, focusing on our upcoming production of the play, starring Antony Sher.

Seeing More Clearly with the Eyes of Love: A New Liturgy for Voices based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon

Date: Tuesday 2 August 2016

Time: 5.30 pm

Ticket: Free entry

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream contains two significant references to the New Testament: Bottom’s misquoting of St Paul (‘The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen…’) and Bottom’s declaration taken from the Letter to the Ephesians (‘I assure you: the wall is down that parted their fathers’). In this ‘Liturgy for Voices’ these references are woven together with other excerpts from the play, words from the biblical poem ‘Song of Songs’, and elements from the traditional Christian liturgy to enable those present to explore Shakespeare’s own theme of clarifying the vision which belongs to love. The liturgy also includes five newly commissioned pieces from contemporary poets who will be present to speak their poems based on characters in the play – Lawrence Sail (Titania), Michael Symmons Roberts (Demetrius), Sinead Morrissey (Puck), Micheal O’ Siadhail (Helena) and Jenny Lewis (Bottom) – and the whole is intended to present an aspect of ‘Civic Shakespeare’, reflecting on the potentially transforming effect of love in civil society.

A Visit to Shakespeare’s Grave by Candlelight

On Wednesday 3 August from 10.45pm until Midnight, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, will be open for World Shakespeare Congress 2016 delegates to visit Shakespeare’s grave by candlelight, and to pay our respects against the backdrop of music from Shakespeare’s time.

This is an opportunity to reflect on and to digest the Congress so far before we all move on to London. At 11.45pm, the evening will be rounded off with a short service of Night Prayer. All are welcome.

A World Shakespeare Congress Gathering in Westminster Abbey

There is a special opportunity for World Shakespeare Congress 2016 delegates and their friends to attend a Shakespeare-related service of Matins in Westminster Abbey on Sunday 7 August at 10.00am. Dame Janet Suzman will be offering a reading as part of this special service.

This will be followed by the laying of a wreath in Poets’ Corner in honour of Shakespeare. All are welcome to attend this culmination of the whole week in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The proceedings are due to end by 11.15am.

National Archives Study Day on William Shakespeare’s Last Will and Testament

The National Archives (TNA) invites participants in the World Shakespeare Congress to a Study Day on 8 August, 2016, during which we will closely examine William Shakespeare’s famous will.

Experts will reconsider the archival contexts and provenance of the will, explaining how and why it became part of TNA’s collection and what we can learn from new, more sympathetic, conservation of the document itself. We will examine the results of recent investigations using techniques from heritage science, which give new evidence about the document itself — how it has been stored and, perhaps, even how it was created. The early modern legal and bureaucratic contexts of this document have never been fully examined; by investigating these we will better understand Shakespeare’s family relationships, business planning, and hope for a legacy.

Held at The National Archives at Kew, where over 120 of the records that witness Shakespeare’s life are housed, this Study Day will create an opportunity to work closely with some of the most iconic Shakespeare documents and to consult archivists, conservators, and scholars with specialist knowledge of them.

Should you wish to attend, please register here by  1 August.  The Study Day will run from 10:00-17:00 on 8 August and include lunch and tea at The National Archives.

Workshop: Korean Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

Hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre & Shakespeare Association of Korea
Leaders: Hyon-u Lee and Daniel Gallimore

Since 1990, more than 400 Korean Shakespeare productions have been staged in South Korea, and many of them have toured beyond the Korean peninsula. Yet now that Korean Shakespeare has become known among both audiences and academics beyond Korea, there is a need for greater understanding of the traditional Korean theatre that such Shakespeare productions make use of.

This workshop aims to introduce the boom in Korean Shakespeare, with a particular emphasis upon how traditional Korean theatre practices have been applied to Shakespeare productions. Hyon-u Lee and Daniel Gallimore will lead the workshop, with papers from Yong Li Lan, Boram Choi, and Eleine NG Hui Ru. The workshop will run in tandem with a Koreanized The Taming of the Shrew by EDP, the student drama club of Soon Chun Hyang University. Starting in 2007, this production has been staged successfully in Seoul, Tokyo, Nagoya, Singapore, New York, Boston, and Brisbane, receiving several awards at the College Student Shakespeare Festival hosted by the Shakespeare Association of Korea and the National Theatre of Korea. The production was well received by professional reviewers (who gave it four or three stars) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015.

Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre at London, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3, Strand, London, WC2N 5BW (Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue)
Date: August, 8th, 2016
Time: Workshop 5 PM/ Performance 7:30 PM
Ticket: Free
Register: Email or telephone 020 7004 2600