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Living Shakespeare

Our Living Shakespeare course will take place on Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th May 2022.

This short on-site Leisure Learning course will explore Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays and will include pre-performance lectures, discussions, and Question and Answer sessions with theatre professionals.

If you would like to learn more about the plays behind the RSC’s current productions of ‘Rebellion’ and ‘Wars of the Roses’ join us for what promises to be a lively and conversation-filled gathering of Shakespeare and theatre enthusiasts.

Learn more about Shakespeare’s History plays from Dr. Darren Freebury Jones and discover how the Henry VI plays have been staged in the past from theatre-historian Dr. Gill Day. Dr. Nick Walton and Dr. Darren Freebury Jones will set the scene for the plays before the evening productions, and director of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Queen Margaret Elizabeth Freestone will share her insights into this iconic historical and dramatic figure.

The course will be hosted on-site at Hall’s Croft. Please click here to be taken to our booking page.


£100 (course only)

£180 (course plus 2 x theatre tickets)

Programme (subject to change)

Wednesday 11th May

2.00pm Welcome and Introduction to the course – Dr. Nick Walton

2.10pm ‘Shakespeare’s Histories’ – Dr Darren Freebury-Jones

3.00pm Refreshments

3.30pm ‘Rebellion’ – Dr. Nick Walton

7.15pm Performance of ‘Rebellion’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Thursday 12th May

10.00am Post-show discussion

10.45am Refreshments

11.15am ‘Wars of the Roses’ – Dr. Darren Freebury-Jones

12.15 Lunch (own arrangements)

2.00pm ‘Shakespeare and Other Directors’ – Dr. Gill Day

3.00pm Refreshments

3.30pm ‘Queen Margaret’ – Elizabeth Freestone

7.15pm Performance of ‘War of the Roses’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Friday 13th May

10.00am Post-show discussion

10.45am Refreshments

11.15am Question and Answer session

12.15 End of course

The course offers the opportunity to learn and extend knowledge in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

— Living Shakespeare attendee

For further details please contact [email protected] or call 01789 207131.

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