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Winter School

Shakespeare courses for individuals or groups

Winter School (or What You Will!)

24 & 25 February 2021

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's annual Winter School has been bringing together Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the world for over thirty years.

This year the course will run over 2 days, and focus on the festive comedy Twelfth Night. It will include a live streamed showing of Adam Smethurst's film version of the play (starring Sheila Atim as Viola), a 'Cakes and Ale' Shakespeare Quiz, and pre-recorded expert explorations of the play itself from different perspectives: the composer (Bill Barclay), the film-maker (Adam Smethurst), the performer (Emma Fielding), the critic (Dr. Ailsa Grant-Ferguson), the editor (Dr. Paul Edmondson and Professor Sir Stanley Wells), and the theatre-goer/historian (Professor Carol Chillington Rutter).

The event will be hosted live by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Nick Walton also joined by colleagues Anjna Chouhan, Darren Freebury-Jones, and Paul Edmondson. As always, there will be lots of opportunities to engage with SBT lecturers and enjoy the company of fellow enthusiasts via an optional online chat.

Tickets £100 per household. Booking required. Click here to see the full programme and book your tickets.

Very relaxed atmosphere ... and the chance to talk with fellow enthusiasts was priceless"

— Winter School attendee

The group discussions were particularly insightful. Also, high level lectures added thoughtful points to consider when seeing the productions.

— Winter School attendee

Guest speakers:

Bill Barclay is a director, composer, writer, producer, and is the Artistic Director of Concert Theatre Works. Bill was director of music at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2012-2019 producing music for over 130 productions and 150 concerts.

Emma Fielding is known for her many roles on stage and screen, and is the author of Twelfth Night (Viola): Actors on Shakespeare. Emma has played a wide range of Shakespearian roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company including: Isabella (Measure for Measure); Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Imogen (Cymbeline); and Viola (Twelfth Night).

Adam Smethurst is a writer, director, and actor and has worked on many of the leading stages across the country and internationally appearing in numerous Shakespeare productions. He is co-founder of Shanty productions, an independent film company committed to producing drama that speaks to a diverse audience.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. She writes about Shakespeare (and his contemporaries both in early modern and in subsequent performance. A historian of the early modern stage, she is also engaged with writing contemporary theatre history.


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