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Shakescursion 2020!

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 (see application form)

Contact: Prof Dr. Michelle Witen (

COVID-19 update (20.03.20)

It is my sincere hope that this trip will go ahead as planned, but a lot will depend on the COVID-19 situation in the UK and Germany, and what kind of travel restrictions are in place. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and I remain in constant contact as we monitor the situation. In the meantime, the binding confirmation and payment deadlines have been extended beyond April 20 (despite the timeline outlined in the application form), and I would estimate that this will likely be changed to late May/early June. Since this is a rapidly changing situation, this page will be updated as quickly as possible to reflect the changes in the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. Please know that your health and safety remain the top priority!