Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare & Climate Emergency

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This major two-day event, co-hosted with the universities of Warwick and California (Merced), gathers experts, activists and theatre practitioners in a vital exploration of the relationships between Shakespeare’s works and the current climate crisis.

As human-made climate change threatens to dissolve the ‘great globe itself’, how can we use Shakespeare to address the most urgent environmental questions of our time?

Co-organised by Katie Brokaw, Paul Prescott and the Research Department at Shakespeare’s Globe, this major two-day event will span a range of pressing topics. Scholars will explore ecological collapse and renewal in Shakespeare’s texts; environmental experts will map out ways in which Shakespearean theatres and festivals can achieve sustainable and ethical futures; theatre professionals will reflect on the capacity of live theatre to change audience perception and behaviour.

Interested in submitting a paper for consideration? Please see our call for short papers.

‘Shakespeare understood the devastating ecological effects of disrupting the delicate balance between nature and humankind. His work stands as both a warning and a beacon of hope during these important and vital times.

This symposium will use Shakespeare’s texts as a catalyst for conversation as we work towards practical solutions and positive action in an effort to bring the Earth and Humanity back into peaceful equilibrium.’

— Michelle Terry




Tickets £25 (£20 Members / Student)

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Running time: Two day event

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