York International Shakespeare Festival
13-20 May 2017
Venue and Booking
The Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building (University of York) – unless otherwise indicated
For how to book: https://www.york.ac.uk/hrc/whats-on/yisf/
Monday 15 May 2017
6pm – 7pm ‘Hamlet’s Elsinore and Elsinore’s Hamlet’
Shakespeare set Hamlet in Elsinore. The castle at Elsinore (Kronborg Castle) has since made the play its own. In this illustrated talk, Dr Anne Sophie Refskou (University of Surrey) and Lars Romann Engel (Artistic Director of Hamletscenen in Elsinore) discuss the lively history of Hamlet in Denmark, tracing how Shakespeare’s fictional setting for Hamlet has become a real one.
Attended by the Danish Ambassador Claus Grube
Tuesday 16 May 2017
5:30pm – 6:30pm ‘“Speak the speech . . . trippingly on the tongue”: Performing Shakespearean Verse’
Professor Michael Cordner and Dr Tom Cantrell (University of York) explore, via analysis and practical experiment, how the changing nature of Shakespeare’s verse writing across his career gradually transformed the challenges he set for his actors.
Wednesday 17 May 2017
2pm – 2:15pm A pre-show talk, ahead of the Romeo and Juliet matinee at York Theatre Royal.
Dr Helen Smith (University of York).
All day ‘Othello Day’ in The Studio at York Theatre Royal.
Thursday 18 May 2017
5:30pm – 6:30pm ‘Shakespeare and the Brain’
Celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor, and Olivier award nominee, Kelly Hunter, gives an engaging talk about how she uses Shakespeare with children with autism and special educational needs through a series of sensory drama games known as The Hunter Heartbeat Method. The games draw on the essence of Shakespeare to allow children to explore how it feels to be alive, offering a transformative and unique theatrical experience.
Introduced by Dr Sarah Olive.
Friday 19 May 2017
5:45pm A pre-screening talk on Throne of Blood (dir. Kurosawa, 1957) at City Screen (Coney Street).
Professor Emma Smith (University of Oxford).
7pm A pre-show talk, ahead of the Twelfth Night evening show at York Theatre Royal.
Professor Judith Buchanan (University of York).
Saturday 20 May 2017
1:15pm – 6:15pm ‘Bloody, Bold and Resolute’
Text, performance, politics, art history, film, poetry and with musical interludes.
An afternoon about Shakespeare’s Macbeth and creative response to Macbeth.
Speakers include Professor John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon), Professor Emma Smith (University of Oxford), Dr Peter Kirwan (University of Nottingham), Dr Richard Johns (University of York), Dr Sally Barnden (Kings College London) and Damian Cruden (Artistic Director, York Theatre Royal).
7:45pm – 10pm Macbeth (GSP Studios: dir. Kit Monkman)
A pre-release screening, introduced by the director. A festival first.