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London Shakespeare Centre

The London Shakespeare Centre is devoted to the encouragement of research, learning and teaching in the field of Shakespeare and early modern drama and in early modern literary studies more broadly. We have particular strengths in Shakespearean textual studies, reception studies and performance studies, in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry and poetic form, in manuscript culture and early modern women's writing, and we are keen to support work on the national and international cultural afterlife of these materials. Through a sustained programme of impact/public engagement activities we seek to enhance and change public perception of the textual culture, and above all the theatrical culture, of Shakespeare's age and to understand the history of the reception of early modern literature. The Centre builds on key external partnerships, notably those at MA level with Shakespeare's Globe and the British library, and with the various cultural organisations that formed the Shakespeare400 consortium in 2016, relationships that are central to King's' London strategy.

"Shakespeare's work has been for centuries one of the things people use to think with. The history of Shakespeare reception winds up being a focused history of our whole culture." Dr John Lavagnino

 The core activities of the Centre are:

  • to raise public awareness of the historical and contemporary role of Shakespeare and his contemporaries through a range of events, conferences, workshops, publications and partnerships with cultural and creative organisations, big and small, in London and elsewhere.
  • to inspire wide engagement with Shakespeare across a range of non-traditional audiences in theatres, schools and higher education, providing resources and leadership in the field of widening participation and breaking down barriers to access
  • to encourage and facilitate collaborative, interdisciplinary research relating to Shakespeare  and his contemporaries across the range of disciplines and departments within the college and promote to facilitate engagement with the wider community
  •  to organise public engagement events, academic workshops and international conferences and to support entrepreneurial graduate students in running such events
  • to secure externally funded grants for specific projects enhancing our understanding of the work of Shakespeare and other early modern poets and dramatists and the afterlives of that work.

The Centre director is Professor Gordon McMullan and the deputy director is Professor Sonia Massai. Dr. Sarah Lewis is currently serving as the centre's Interim Director.

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Mailing address:
London Shakespeare Centre
K1.18, King’s Building
Strand Campus

Related courses:

BA (level 6):

6AAEC052 Shakespeare's London

This final-year undergraduate module explores the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and the social, cultural, political and theatrical environments in which they were written and includes a two-week section taught at Shakespeare’s Globe.

MA (level 7):

7AAEM222 Early Modern Playhouse Practice: The Spaces, The Companies, The Business

Taught at Shakespeare’s Globe as a core component of the MA Shakespeare Studies, this module examines the conditions of early modern performance by exploring the material, social and economic contexts of the London theatre industry in Shakespeare’s time.

7AAEM620 Global/Local Shakespeares:

This optional MA module focuses on the roles played by appropriations of Shakespeare in a globalised cultural market, looking at a selection of localities and cultures and reflecting on the shift in Shakespeare’s identity from ‘national poet’ to ‘global playwright’.