Shakespeare: Print and Performance

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Shakespeare: Print and Performance

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Shakespeare: Print and Performance
The course Shakespeare: Print and Performance is an online class provided by King's College London through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Learn about Shakespeare in print and performance around the world, from early modern times to today.
Course description
  • 4 weeks
  • Why do we continue to read and perform Shakespeare’s works around the world today? How were his plays performed and printed 400 years ago, and how has our conception of Shakespeare changed over the centuries? King’s College London has partnered with Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Library to explore how Shakespeare’s works continue to delight audiences around the world. Join academics, curators, publishers, actors, musicians and theatre directors, as we find out more about Shakespeare’s early modern world and consider his construction as a global icon today. Go behind-the-scenes at The Globe: We will take you on to the stage of the Globe Theatre, to find out about performance practices both in the present day capital and in Early Modern London. We’ll meet practitioners at the Globe and we’ll step into the world of the early modern actor to examine the processes and conditions that were at the heart of the Shakespearean playhouse. Explore rarely-seen priceless manuscripts The British Library has given us exclusive access to some some priceless manuscripts and early printed texts in their archives. We’ll also discover how the early modern book trade shaped the journey of Shakespeare’s text from stage to page. ‘Global Shakespeares’ is one of the key themes which we will explore on the course. When you join Shakespeare: Print and Performance, you will become part of a diverse international learning community, and we will draw on everyone’s experiences of Shakespeare to enrich our discussion.
  • Performing Shakespeares
  • Early Modern Print
  • Shakespeare in Print Today
  • Global/Local Shakespeares
  • Performing Shakespeares
  • Early Modern Print
  • Shakespeare in Print Today
  • Global/Local Shakespeares
  • Reflect on Shakespeare as a global cultural icon
  • Discuss early modern performance practices and the development of the theatre industry
  • Investigate how the print industry developed in early modern England
  • Discuss early modern literary culture and the ‘instability’ of the early modern play text
  • Evaluate the impact of editorial policy on the way in which Shakespeare is read and performed today
  • Explore Shakespeare in performance around the world today
  • A curiosity and interest in William Shakespeare’s works are the only prerequisites you need to join this course!
  • Familiarity with Shakespeare’s works or prior study relating to Shakespeare will be helpful, though not essential.
  • King’s College London
  • King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work.
  • British Library
  • The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries.

Prerequisites & Facts

Shakespeare: Print and Performance

Course Topic

British History, History, Literature

University, College, Institution

King’s College London

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Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Shakespeare: Print and Performance

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