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British Academy Literature Week: Shakespeare

May 7, 2011

British Academy Literature Week comes to the University of London, Senate House on Thursday 12 May 2011
Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend

6.00pm: ‘Shakespeare’s Cultural Impact’:
Professor Kate McLuskie (Shakespeare Institute) and Dr Catherine Bunting (Arts Council England) in conversation with Professor Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths).  No figure in English literature has had greater impact than William Shakespeare. Kate McLuskie and Catherine Bunting analyse the Shakespeare phenomenon, how it can be measured and what it tells us about our modern culture and its relationship with the past.

7.15pm: ‘Biography on the Stage’:
A panel discussion chaired by Robert Hewison (City University) with actor Michael Pennington, Professor Jonathan Bate (Warwick) and Professor Mary Luckhurst (University of York) discussing of the challenges of building plays and performances around biography. Michael Pennington is a highly acclaimed stage actor, often playing “real” characters such as Oscar Wilde (Gross Indecency), Richard Strauss (Collaboration) and – in his own one-man shows – both Chekhov and Shakespeare (Sweet William). He also recently played Michael Foot in the film The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep. He founded and ran the English Shakespeare Company for many years with Michael Bogdanov. Mary Luckhurst is the author of over 15 plays includingCelebrity and Country of Origin. She has directed widely, especially contemporary work by Pinter and Churchill and set up the theatre company Out of the Blue with Mike Cordner in 2002.  She is Professor of Modern Drama and co-founder of the new Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, and the author or editor of nine scholarly books, including the recently published Playing for Real:  Actors on Playing Real People. Jonathan Bate FBA, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at the University of Warwick, will be discussing the experience of writing The Man from Stratford for Simon Callow, and Robert Hewison, who combines journalism and theatre reviewing with his role as Professor of Cultural Policy at City University, will chair the proceedings.

Followed by a wine reception. Click here for details and registration.

Other highlights during Literature Week include the British Academy’s Centenary Shakespeare Lecture, by Professor Laurie Maguire; the Warton Lecture on the Romantic Poets’ fascination with telescopes, ghosts and the ‘phantasmagoria’ by Professor Isobel Armstrong FBA; and a special event exploring the nature of contemporary satire with award-winning cartoonist Posy Simmonds and the acclaimed Private Eye diarist, Craig Brown.

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