This year, the Department of English is organising a Shakescursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will see four plays performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as attend workshops, lectures, and postproduction Q&A with the actors!
The excursion will take place from June 28 - July 3, 2020. Additionally, there will be a mandatory meeting in the first week of June, where we will also discuss the plays.
This excursion is open to all students interested in English Literature, no matter your level of study. It is loosely connected to my MEd-2 Hauptseminar ("Tales vs Histories from Shakespeare to Barnes") and Dr. Smith's BA-6 Cultural Studies seminar ("The Play is the Thing: Shakespeare's London On- and Off-stage"), but participation in these seminars is not a requirement for application! Students taking these courses might be given priority in the applications, though success is not guaranteed, as numbers are limited.
The Programme: The Plays and the Extras
The plays we will be seeing are:
- William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale
- William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors
- Ouredník's Europeana
- Ibsen's Peer Gynt
In addition to the plays, the tentative programme also includes:
- pre-theatre discussions of all the plays
- lectures by leading Shakespeare scholars and experts
- post-performance discussions
- Q&A sessions with cast members of the Royal Shakespeare Company
- a "Texts through Time" talk and archive display through the Shakespeare folios
- a Renaissance Dance class
- a voice class
- a RSC theatre tour
- visits to Shakespeare's birthplace and other notable sites.
Costs, Deadline, Contact Information
The costs for the Stratford portion of the trip are 345€ (including above offerings, B&B accommodation and coach travel from airport). This does not include transportation from Germany to London, food, or personal expenses. I have applied for further funding and hope to hear the results of this application as soon as possible!
There is also an optional trip to the Globe Theatre (approx 120€ for overnight accommodation in London, tours of The Globe and The Rose, tickets to Twelfth Night at The Globe, and transportation to and from the city centre to the airport)
Deadline to apply: March 20, 2019 (see application form)
Contact: Prof Dr. Michelle Witen (michelle.witen-TextEinschliesslichBindestricheBitteEntfernen-