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Shakespeare's London (Module)

Module description

Our Scene is London…

Taught in collaboration with Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, this module aims to take full advantage of the fact that we are able to study Shakespeare’s plays in the city in which they were written and first performed. Through lectures and seminars at King’s, and lectures, seminars, workshops and demonstrations at Shakespeare’s Globe, you will learn about the cultural, theatrical, political and social contexts in which plays were produced, and we will explore the extent to which Shakespeare’s plays were shaped by the environments in which he lived and worked. We will also consider the ways in which they are presented to new audiences in today’s London, drawing on film versions and stage productions.

Focusing on the early to middle section of Shakespeare’s career, we will look at a spread of plays from different genres, including Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure and Othello. We will also draw on one of the most important Elizabethan works about London, John Stow’s A Survey of London Written in the Year 1598, and on the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries such as Jonson, Middleton, Marston, Dekker and Heywood.


Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

One lecture and one seminar or workshop weekly

Module assessment - more information


Key information

Module code 6AAEC052

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework practical/s presentation/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes