Posts Tagged ‘Richard Wilson’


Shakespeare and Waste Podcast

May 28, 2015

If you weren’t able to make ‘Shakespeare and Waste’ at the Rose in Kingston last weekend, you can now hear podcasts of the plenaries by Prof Scott Wilson and Dr Peter J. Smith:

The conference was part of the new Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory (KiSSiT).


Garrick and Shakespeare Conference

May 29, 2014

Garrick and Shakespeare

Melanie Bigold, Rob Gossedge, and Irene Morra from Cardiff University will be speaking at the Garrick and Shakespeare conference in June. Find out more below:

Wednesday 25 June – Friday 27 June 2014

Venue: Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1HL

Price: £95 (concessions) – £155 (full rate)

Speaker: Simon Callow, Michael Dobson, Norma Clarke and Peter Holland

The conference will include a lecture by Simon Callow CBE, a trip to Garrick’s Temple in Hampton, a performance by the Hampton Players of ‘The Celebrated Mr Garrick’ and the British premier screening of Simon Callow’s new film Miss in her Teens, based on David Garrick’s 1747 play of the same name.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute)
  • Prof Norma Clarke (Kingston University)
  • Prof Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)

David Garrick’s Kingston connections date from 1754, when he bought the house beside the Thames known ever after as Garrick’s Villa, and built his Shakespeare Temple, where he would be famously painted by Zoffany. So, as part of the 2014 Kingston Connections programme of events, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre will jointly host an academic conference to celebrate the great Shakespearean actor and director and commemorate his legacy to the Royal Borough.

Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural celebrity of his generation. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he did not employ were not sparing in their attacks. “Garrick and Shakespeare” seeks therefore to focus on his achievements as a Shakespearean interpreter and impresario, and to re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation.

View the full programme (PDF).

Booking is essential to attend this event.


Find out more here.





February 6, 2014


Wednesday 12th February at 5.30pm
Martin McQuillan (Kingston):
‘Marx, Derrida, Shakespeare’

Thursday 27th February at 5.30pm
Eric Heinze (Queen Mary): ‘Equivocation will undo us: Linguistic transformation as legal strategy in Shakespearean political drama’

Thursday 13th March at 5.30pm
Andrew Zurcher: (Cambridge): ‘Gift and condition in King Lear’

Thursday 20th March at 5.30pm
Lorna Hutson (St Andrew’s): ‘Are those circumstances really necessary?: The example of Romeo and Juliet’

Thursday 10th April at 5.30pm
Paul Raffield (Warwick): ‘Shakespeare, Common Law, and the idyll of Albion: Laws and lawyers in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2’

Thursday 1st May at 5.30pm
Shakespeare Birthday Lecture
Andreas Höfele (Munich): ‘German Shakespeare and the19th-century myth of Julius Caesar’

Thursday 8th May at 5.30pm
Regina Schwartz (Northwestern): ‘Law and love in The Merchant of Venice’

Venue: Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL
Free entry for all, refreshments served, no need to book.

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The Text of Prof. Richard Wilson’s Inaugural Lecture

November 22, 2013

Richard Wilson

Anniversary Chair and Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies


“Sermons in Stones: Shakespeare’s dangerous thresholds”

October 30th, 2013

The sandstone megalith in front of Kingston’s Rose Theatre was described by John Speed in 1613 as ‘the chair of majesty whereon Athelstan, Edwin and Ethelred sate at their coronations and first received their Sceptre of Imperial Power’. Since it was moved to near its present position in 1850, the debates and legends this sarsen or ‘troublesome stone’ has accumulated say much about changing ideas of history and monarchy. But evidence that the ‘Coronation Stone’ originated in the Saxon chapel that stood beside the Market Place also places it at the threshold of contemporary theories regarding religion and politics, or what the philosopher Giorgio Agamben terms the separation of ‘the kingdom and the glory’. Interpreted in light of these, Kingston’s relic marks the theatrical dimension of power in a politics founded on consent, and the dangers Shakespeare dramatized attending every official entry or inauguration.

The pdf of Prof. Richard Wilson’s inaugural lecture can be now be downloaded here:


Find out about other Shakespeare lectures at the Rose here.


Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS)

September 26, 2013





24-26 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames



Tuesday October 15: 5pm

Catherine Belsey: “Shakespeare, the Uncanny and the Cartesian Cogito”

Thursday October 24: 5pm

Michael Bogdanov: “The Readiness is All: Existential Shakespeare”

Tuesday October 29: 7pm

Francois Laroque: “A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter: Bataille, Girard and Shakespeare”

Tuesday November 19: 5.30pm

Christopher Norris: “Poetry Reading: Wittgenstein’s Shakespeare”

Thursday December 5: 5.30pm

Peter Holbrook: “Nietzsche’s Shakespeare”

Thursday December 19: 5.30pm

Martin McQuillan: “Marx, Derrida, Shakespeare”

Richard Wilson will also be giving his inaugural lecture at Kingston University  on October 30th.

Find out more here.

Download pdf here.


KiSS: Farah Karim-Cooper on The Taming of the Shrew

April 20, 2013

APRIL 25: 5.30pm: Rose Theatre





Find out more here.


Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS)

February 8, 2013

Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS)

Kingston University’s new seminar series is open to the public as well as staff and students. The seminars will be held at the Rose Theatre, in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London, from 5.30 to 7pm on the following dates:

* Thursday 7 February 2013: Dominique Goy-Blanquet (University of Picardy; current President of the Shakespeare Association of France): ‘Henry VIII and The Maid’s Wedding: Ghostly Revels’

* Wednesday 20 February 2013: Tobias Doring (Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich; current President of the German Shakespeare Association): ‘Shakespeare’s Afterlife: Contemporary German poetry and the problem of poetic creativity’

* Thursday 7 March 2013: Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham): ‘Garrick and the German Enlightenment’

* Wednesday 20 March 2013: Coppelia Kahn (Brown University): ‘Reading the Face in “Hamlet”‘

* Thursday 11 April 2013: David Skilton (Cardiff University): ‘The Novelist’s Voice: Shakespearean Intertext in Thackeray and Trollope’


Richard Wilson Lecture: Shakespeare’s Olympic Game

August 10, 2012

Professor Richard Wilson (Cardiff University) will give a plenary lecture today at the International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. The title of his talk is

‘Like an Olympian Wrestling: Shakespeare’s Olympic Game’

Find out more here.

You can now hear Richard Wilson’s talk here:

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The Exception: Force of Argument in Terry Eagleton’s William Shakespeare

May 12, 2012

The latest issue of Shakespeare contains an article by Prof Richard Wilson (Cardiff University).

An English text of Carl Schmitt’s Hamlet or Hecuba makes it vital to question the turn from French theory to Germany philosophy in Shakespeare studies, given a Left flirtation with Schmitt’s Political Theology begun by Walter Benjamin. The Marxist critic’s fascination with fascism was decried by Terry Eagleton as a theoretical error. So it is ironic that Eagleton’s William Shakespeare was driven by the same Schmittian idea that “sovereign is he who decides the exception” in language or law. Eagleton backtracked on its cult of violence after 9/11. But 25 years on, his introduction to the plays shows the danger of using Shakespeare to decide necessary violence, not least in its own exceptional force of argument. This article thus considers Eagleton’s book to be an early example of the coincidence of opposites that currently attracts Shakespeareans to dubious existentialist notions of decision and risk.

Those with a university login can access the article here.

Find out about private subscription to the journal here.

Swords in Shakespeare at the British Museum


Richard Wilson Shakespeare Lecture: Minding the gap in ‘The Winter’s Tale’

April 17, 2012

Professor Richard Wilson (Cardiff University) recently spoke at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford (Birmingham University). His lecture was entitled:

Monstrous To Our Human Reason:

Minding the gap in ‘The Winter’s Tale’

The podcast of this lecture on Shakespeare and the Gothic can currently be heard and/or downloaded here.

Richard Wilson will be giving the plenary lecture at the International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford this year. His paper is entitled: ‘Like an Olympian Wrestling: Shakespeare’s Olympic game’

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