Shakespeare Lecture

Lisa Jardine introduces a series of six lectures on Shakespeare and his meaning in the modern world from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.


01The King's A Beggar - Now The Play Is Done20001007

Germaine Greer makes the case for Shakespeare the subversive, arguing that his neglected play King John is one of the most extraordinary theatrical experiments ever performed and a radical challenge to the values of monarchy.

02Shakespeare Is Dead20001014

Director Michael Bogdanov calls for a radical resuscitation of Shakespeare, whom he claims has been suffocated by `the great Shakespeare conspiracy' - centuries of adoration that have left the bard emasculated by political ideology, fettered by the education system and poorly served by the theatre.

03How Not To Be A Hero20001021

The poet Geoffrey Hill examines the complexities of `Coriolanus', one of Shakespeare's most troubling works. Is it a tragedy, a debate, a satire or the blackest of comedies? Does it propose the rights of the many or support rule by the few? Introduced by Valentine Cunningham.

04Sticky Sounds: Shakespeare's Sonnets20001028

Tom Paulin argues that the meaning of Shakespeare's sonnets is best understood by listening carefully to their acoustic effects, talking in detail about sonnets 15, 19, 33, 44, 73 and 80.

05Rough Magic And Sweet Lullaby20001104

Marina Warner considers Shakespeare's use of the supernatural and examines his portrayal of fairies, witches and magic. Introduced by Jonathan Bate

06 LASTProspero's Pagans: The Greening Of Shakespeare20001111

David Dabydeen explores paganism in `The Tempest' and argues that a variety of new age and environmental movements can find philosophical roots within the play.