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400 years of Shakespeare

Exhibitions, new poetry collections and MOOCs (‘Massive Open Online Course’) are some of the highlights so far this year as researchers at King’s deepen and further build our understanding of William Shakespeare through the co-ordination of Shakespeare400, a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations all marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s birth and death.

In the spring the university hosted By me William Shakespeare, a unique exhibition of carefully selected documents relating to Shakespeare’s life and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see the playwright’s last will and testament.

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Throughout 2016, staff and students at King’s have celebrated with people around the world Shakespeare’s global influence.  The London Shakespeare Centre has presented talks, debates, performances, film screenings and much more as part of What you Will: King’s Shakespeare Festival, especially around Saturday 23 April – the anniversary itself.

Director of the London Shakespeare Centre at King’s and Professor of English Gordon McMullan received the prestigious Sam Wanamaker Award for his work in increasing the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

As co-hosts of the 10th World Shakespeare Congress, King’s received over 800 Shakespeare scholars from almost fifty countries, all exploring and honouring the Bard’s life. Professor Lorenzo Zucca, the Dickson Poon School of Law and Dr Hannah Crawforth, Department of English developed and taught undergraduates an entire new module, Shakespeare & the Law, exploring the role of the law in mediating the place of the individual in society. The module culminated in students assuming the parts of characters from one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays, Measure for Measure in a mock Shakespearean trial at Inner Temple.

Interested in studying Shakespeare? Find out more about the Department of English and some of the courses they offer.

Image credits: National Archives and Globe Theatre