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Course director: Dr Will Tosh (Lecturer and Research Fellow, Shakespeare’s Globe)

What did ‘history’ mean to Shakespeare’s first audiences? How has Shakespeare’s idea of history influenced the stories we tell about our own nations, experiences and identities? Join leading scholars and practitioners from the Globe and elsewhere to explore history-making on stage in Shakespeare’s time and our own.


Learning objectives

–      To explore Shakespeare’s conception of history, nationhood and identity in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V, as well as other dramatic and non-dramatic early modern works.

–      To develop a sophisticated understanding of early modern historiography, on stage, in print and in popular culture.

–      To consider the uses and abuses of historical drama in the early modern past, and the present day.

Please note: The Adult Course includes one standing ticket to see Henry IV Part 2 on Wednesday 29 May at 7.30pm. Tickets to Henry IV part 1 and Henry V can be booked online or via telephone. It is not compulsory to see the productions as part of the course.

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Age Guideline: 18 and over



£210 Members/Student

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Age Guideline: 18 and over

Running time: 2pm – 6pm

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