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World Shakespeare Congress

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will co-host the 10th World Shakespeare Congress to celebrate Shakespeare's memory and global legacy of his works in 2016

World Shakespeare Congress 2016

Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare
31 July - 6 August, London and Stratford-upon-Avon

The tenth World Shakespeare Congress of the International Shakespeare Association honours Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy and celebrates the continuing global resonance of his work.

The Congress’s rich programme of plenary lectures, seminars, panels, workshops, events, and performances will take place across two successive locations: first in Stratford-upon-Avon, among the key sites of Shakespeare’s personal life; and subsequently in London, close to the site of his most famous workplace, the Globe theatre. 

The World Shakespeare Congress 2016 will offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with current Shakespeare performance, criticism, and pedagogy, and to connect with fellow Shakespearians from around the world.

As well as a programme of 45 international collaborative research seminars and five workshops on a huge variety of topics, the Congress will offer plenary papers by speakers from a wide range of countries, backgrounds and interests, from academic professionals to those who have engaged with Shakespeare from literary or theatrical viewpoints.

The Congress organisers are pleased to announce the following additions to the programme

  • Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson in conversation with Adrian Poole (University of Cambridge)
  • Gregory Doran, Artisitc Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on the RSC's film archive, including rarely seen footage of past productions
  • Clare van Kampen, composer, playwright and Founding Director of Music at Shakespeare's Globe, with the theatre's Early Music Ensemble, on Shakespeare's Music
  • A special panel of international theatre directors chaired by Tom Bird, Executive Producer at Shakespeare's Globe.


The Congress organisers welcomed proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and other events (including performances and other creative responses) relating to any aspect of Shakespeare’s work, life, and continuing legacy. The deadline for submissions for the 2016 congress has now passed. 

Participation in the World Shakespeare Congress is open to anyone with a genuine interest in Shakespeare who is a member of the International Shakespeare Association (ISA).

Find out more about opportunities to book pre-theatre suppers and take-away packed lunches for delegates of Stratford-upon-Avon events.

The ISA has been involved in the organisation of nine Shakespeare congresses since its foundation in 1974: in Washington DC (1976), Stratford-upon-Avon (1981), Berlin (1986), Tokyo (1991); Los Angeles (1996); Valencia (2001); Brisbane (2006) and Prague (2011). 

If you would like to keep up to date with the Congress, follow @wscongress2016 on Twitter or check the hashtag #WSCongress2016. 

Visit the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress website.


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