Michael Dobson

Past Annual Shakespeare Lectures


February 7 - Michael Dobson: 'Shakespearean Comedy and the Curse of Realism'.

Michael Dobson (Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham) gives the University of Notre Dame's seventh Annual London Shakespeare Lecture in Honor of Professor Sir Stanley Wells.



February 13 - Gregory Doran: '2016: The Big Year'

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Artistic Director reflects on the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. 

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March 2 - Lois Potter: 'Shakespeare, Performance, and Contingency'

Professor emeritus of the University of Delaware, Potter's extensive list of publications includes Othello (in the University of Manchester's Shakespeare in Performance series), Which Shakespeare? and The Life of William Shakespeare,as part of Wiley-Blackwell's Critical Biography series.


March 23 - Dominic Dromgoole: 'Shakespeare on the Road'

Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, discusses his own experience with Shakespeare as well as the broader reception to Shakespeare internationally. 



March 24 - Ann Thompson: '"You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said." Have we heard it all?'

Thompson, emeritus professor of King's College London, draws on her experience of editing Hamlet for the Arden Shakespeareseries.



March 5 - Sir Nicholas Hytner: '"Stand and Unfold Yourself!" How to do Shakespeare'

Hytner is the artistic director for the National Theatre. His major Shakespeare productions include As You Like It (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Tempest and King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company), and Twelfth Night (Lincoln Centre, New York).



April 11 - Stanley Wells, CBE: 'Eighty Years of Shakespeare'

As teacher, theatergoer, reviewer, lecturer, editor, critic, historian, administrator, conferencegoer and broadcaster, Stanley Wells has spent a lifetime with Shakespeare. In this talk he reflects upon the changes in the Shakespearian scene over the past eighty years, and on his involvement with them.