• YorkShakes Talks

Event Details

Mon 15 May - Sat 20 May

Venue: University of York

YorkShakes Talks

The University of York is running a tip-top YorkShakes Talks programme for the pre-show slot each weekday evening of festival week.

Leading Shakespeareans from across the UK and beyond will bring Shakespeare plays newly alive with a series of expert, lively and informative illustrated talks. An exhibition telling the story of Hamlet in Denmark will be on display in the Humanities Research Centre (Berrick Saul Building) throughout the week with associated activities for younger visitors. An impressive run of leading actors (Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh, Jude Law alongside a host of famous European actors) have played Hamlet in Kronborg Castle (the ‘Hamlet Castle’) in Elsinore. The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the relationship in the real world between the performance history of a single play and its (fictional) location. 

The series of talks, debates and workshops across the week will come to a glorious head for ‘Macbeth Day’ at the University of York on Saturday 20th May.  Academics and creative industry professionals will shed engaging new light on Macbeth on page, stage, screen and in art. How do some of the key moments in Macbeth work poetically and dramatically and what are contemporary directors, actors and filmmakers doing with the play today? Lively, stimulating and fun: definitely one not to miss.

Further details about all YorkShakes 2017 talks and workshops will be available shortly through the University of York’s public lecture list: https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/

Part of York International Shakespeare Festival