Shakespeare’s work explored in triple online event PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY

Here’s one for the Shakespeare lovers and the more academically-minded amongst you.

Covering 3 plays over 3 days, in PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY:SHAKESPEARE, the London Shakespeare Centre (LSC) and the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) bring together doctoral and early career researchers to explore how some of Shakespeare’s best known plays have shifted and changed through their performance(s) in history.

CEMS and the LSC are two parts of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at King’s College London.

PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY is a series of conversations each focusing on a discussion centred around one key Shakespeare play, taking place over three evenings in June, and there are further details below:

Tragedy (Macbeth): 7 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

Comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream): 8 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

History (Richard III): 9 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

The Format

Each event begins with a series of short presentations, where each panellist will introduce a single performance of the panel’s designated play-text. Thereafter, the panel will reflect upon some of the questions raised by these (and other) performances as the play moves across languages, places, and periods. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute memories and responses during the final part of the event.

The Panels

7 June: Macbeth

Chair: Dr Nora Williams (Essex)

Panel: Eli Cumings (Cambridge), Wendy Lennon (Shakespeare Institute), Dr Romola Nuttall (KCL)

8 June: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chair: Dr Koel Chatterjee (Trinity Laban)

Panel: Rowena Hawkins (KCL), Dr Elisabeth Lutteman (Uppsala), Jennifer Moss-Waghorn (Shakespeare Institute)

9 June: Richard III

Chair: Dr Sally Barnden (KCL)

Panel: Dr Hailey Bachrach (KCL), Rachel Chung (Edinburgh), Lucy Clarke (Oxford)

The series brings together doctoral and early career researchers working in fields of English Literature, Comparative Literature, History, and Performance Studies. However, all members of the Academy and the general public (including school students and parents) are encouraged to join us for this creative and informal series of conversations.

The series will take place via Zoom. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

If you have any questions or queries about any of the events, please contact either the LSC ( or CEMS (

Tickets are free. To book, visit the Eventbrite ticket page here

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