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Events Programme 2018-2019


Monday 8 October 2018, 18.15-20.00
Letterlocking Workshop
Room 1.02, Bush House North East Wing
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Friday 10 May 2019, 10:00-17:30
Workshop - An Apology for Actors: Early Modern Then and Now
Room S0.13, Strand Campus
Taking as its starting point the 400th anniversary of the deaths of the great early modern actors Richard Burbage and Nathan Field, this workshop will explore through short papers, performance workshops and round-table discussion the dynamics of playing in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and the implications of expanding our knowledge of early modern practices for the present day. 
Confirmed participants include Lucy Munro (King’s College London), Harry McCarthy (University of Exeter), Peter Cockett (McMaster University), Melinda Gough (McMaster University), Clare McManus (University of Roehampton) and The Dolphin’s Back.
The workshop is convened as part of Engendering the Stage in the Age of Shakespeare and Beyond ( It is free to attend, but please contact Lucy Munro ( to reserve a place. 

You can also reserve tickets for our Research in Action workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe on 13 May 2019: see

Friday 14 - Saturday 15 June 2019 
The Early Modern Inns of Court and the Circulation of Text
Bush House 8th Floor, King’s College London
Join us for two-days of Inns-related papers, plenary addresses from Prof. Arthur Marotti and Prof. Michelle O’Callaghan, a performance of Gray’s Inn drama The Misfortunes of Arthur by The Dolphin's Back, and an exhibition of materials curated in association with the Middle Temple Library.
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Thursday 4 -Friday 5 July 2019
Changing Histories: Rethinking the early modern history play
Bush House Lecture Theatre 1

Changing Histories is a two-day conference that aims to offer a reappraisal of the early modern history play and seeks to explore the application of the term “history” during the period, question enduring critical views of historical drama, and examine the interconnections between texts representing a range of different pasts – including classical, biblical, pre-Christian British, European, Middle Eastern, and recent histories.  

Keynote papers will be given by Tracey Hill (Bath Spa), Paulina Kewes (Oxford), Emma Smith (Oxford), and Emma Whipday (Newcastle), and a practice-as-research performance workshop, led by James Wallace, Artistic Director of The Dolphin’s Back, will explore how casting, staging, and reading practices can help shape our understanding of early modern historical drama.

A draft programme is available on our website

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Wednesday 17 July 2019, 17:30
'Bonfire of Flowers': a staged reading of a new play by Emma Whipday
Anatomy Museum, 6th floor, King's Building
'Bonfire of Flowers' explores how the anxieties that condemned three unruly women in 1619 still resonate today, exploring the audibility of women’s voices; the condemnation of female sexuality; and the demonisation of the choices of the poor and dispossessed. 

Tickets are free, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance; please email to reserve a ticket.

This event is supported by Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute.


Thursday 16 February 2017, 18.30-20.00

Inaugural King's Gollancz Lecture: Stephen Greenblatt
Shakespeare's Life-Making: this talk will focus on Shakespeare’s uncanny ability to confer the effect of life upon his characters, even on those who appear only briefly or in subordinate roles. Shylock, Professor Greenblatt will argue, offers us insight into the Humanities’ special contribution to the challenge of living together with those whom we may distrust and dislike. This is the first lecture in an annual series co-sponsored by three Arts & Humanities Research Institute Centres: the London Shakespeare Centre (LSC), the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS) and the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS). 

Friday 23 - Saturday 24 February 2018 
LSC Graduate Conference: Making Connections: Early Modern Texts and Cultures
King’s College London and Shakespeare's Globe
The London Shakespeare Centre is pleased to announce its inaugural graduate conference. In a geopolitical climate increasingly dominated by the language of divisiveness, this two-day conference seeks to explore the ways in which literary culture has long brought people, texts and ideas together.




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