3rd Notre Dame Wells Shakespeare Lecture

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Edited by Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor

Edited by Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor

This year’s Shakespeare lecture in honour of Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E. was given by Professor Ann Thompson of King’s College London. Her talk was called ‘”You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said”.: Have we heard it all?’

She begins by fantasizing about what it must be like never to have read Hamlet, and then reading the play for the first time. During the course of it she looks afresh at the placing of the famous ‘To be, or not to be’ speech and raises questions which seek to defamiliarise our knowledge of the play. She considers choices which editors, actors and directors have made before taking questions from the floor.

Thank you to the University of Notre Dame for organising this splendid event, co-hosted by The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

I hope you enjoy the lecture as much as we all did.

Don’t miss this year’s Shakespeare Birthday Lecture given by theatre director Michael Bogdanov on Friday 25 April at 4.00pm at The Shakespeare Institute, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. You buy your tickets by clicking here.

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson
  • Marcus Brady

    Hamlet is my favourite Shakespeare play, and
    Shakespeare’s longest play. It is quite difficult imagining never having read
    Hamlet if you have read it, especially if you are very familiar with the play,
    having read it five or more times as I have. Doubtless many of you reading this
    will have read Hamlet several times. It is certainly a play worth rereading,
    lecturing about, and blogging about. You may be interested to know that I have
    recently had published a play of mine written in verse like Hamlet, entitled
    Dark, Love, and Light, that is slightly longer than Hamlet. Dark, Love, and
    Light is a 21st century play with Shakespeare-style
    language, set in Ireland, England, and the United States. You can read excerpts
    from it at my official website: http://www.marcusbradyonline.com

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