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.