This page lists events associated with, hosted by, or involved with the Before Shakespeare project.
We have recently held our conference; you can read blogs on panels and responses to the event here.
18 February: “The First Blackfriars Playhouse 1576-84: Ownership, Repertoire, Audience.” The Apothecaries Hall, London (the site of the original playhouse!). £6, Eventbrite.
19 November: “Audiences, Immigration, and Belonging in Elizabethan Theatres: A Collaboration Between TIDE and Before Shakespeare”
Workshop in collaboration with the TIDE project, with The Dolphin’s Back.
Finsbury Square, 3.00pm. Details and tickets available through Eventbrite.
26 November: Workshop with The Dolphin’s Back (details TBC)
10 December: Workshop with The Dolphin’s Back (details TBC)
5-6 October: Andy Kesson, “‘Peculiar houses’: building theatres in early modern London” and “Masterclass” at the University of Sheffield. Read Cat Evans’s blog on the events here.
27 August: Sappho and Phao. Read Not Dead staged reading at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, with James Wallace and The Dolphin’s Back (in conjunction with the final day of our conference, but hosted at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and tickets available separately).
24-27 August: Before Shakespeare Conference, University of Roehampton, London. Please visit our Conference page on the website, which includes a PDF for circulation, and see the image below for more details.
18-19 August: The Woman in the Moon at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, dir. James Wallace.
16 July: Mucedorus. Read Not Dead staged reading at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, with James Wallace and The Dolphin’s Back. With a Rarely Played Seminar earlier in the afternoon.
18 June: Fedele and Fortunio. Read Not Dead staged reading at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, with James Wallace and The Dolphin’s Back. With a Rarely Played Seminar earlier in the afternoon.
12 JUNE – 30 JUNE 2017: Shakespeare Institute Playreading Marathon, Before Shakespeare. The yearly marathon run by Martin Wiggins, staff, and students at the Shakespeare Institute is hitting the Before Shakespeare corpus this year. For more information and for the play schedule, see the marathon website.
11 May: Seminar in Medieval and Tudor History, Institute of Historical Research. Papers from Lucy Munro and Callan Davies on the Before Shakespeare project.
14 May: The Rare Triumphs of Love and Fortune. Read Not Dead staged reading at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, with James Wallace and The Dolphin’s Back. With a Rarely Played Seminar earlier in the afternoon.
22nd January: The Dolphin’s Back Before Shakespeare workshop: Three Ladies of London at the Red Lion. For details and tickets, visit The Dolphin’s Back website. More workshops to be announced soon.
26 Nov. 2016: “The Maiden’s Holiday: Marlowe’s Lost Play?” Prof. Matthew Steggle. King & Queen Pub, 1 Foley St., London, W1Q 6DL. 11.30am.
Mon. 1 – Fri. 5 August, Jerwood Studios, National Theatre, London. Galatea Workshops. View our blog posts under the Galatea category here.
Mon. 20 – Fri. 24 June, Folger Shakespeare Library. Beyond Access: Early Modern Digital Texts in the Classroom. Week-long workshop on textual editing and performance.
Sat. 23 April, 9.15am-5pm, Chichester Festival Theatre. Shakespeare 400: New Perspectives. This event brings together notable academics from across the UK specialising in the Tudor and Elizabethan period of literary history in a series of lectures and discussions devoted to bringing the best and latest Shakespeare scholarship to new audiences. Andy Kesson will open the festival discussing the Before Shakespeare project. He will also lead a workshop at the festival with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate Artist, Jimmy Tucker. In the workshop the pair will perform, for what is believed to be the first time, an alternative scene from the Shakespearean play, Titus Andronicus as recorded by Henry Peacham, a contemporary of Shakespeare.
Wed. 27 April, 4pm, Northumbria University. Peculiar Houses: Building Public Theatres in Elizabethan London. Research seminar at Northumbria University.
Monday 11 April, 7.30pm. Prof. Duncan Salkeld and Dr Andy Kesson in Conversation (as part of Shakespeare400), at the Rose Theatre, Southwark.
Thursday 24 March, 3.30pm. Before Shakespeare: The Drama of the 1580s. A seminar led by Andy Kesson at the Shakespeare Association of America.
Wednesday 23 March, 6pm. Workshop and play reading of John Lyly’s Sapho and Phao led by Andy Kesson and Lucy Munro.