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Early Modern German Shakespeare in Action: Creation Theatre’s ‘Romio und Julieta’

An online roundtable hosted by the Society for Renaissance Studies

Tuesday 4th May 2021, 5:00pm

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Romeo and Juliet, but not as we know it…

From the 1590s onwards travelling players took various plays from the London stage with them to Northern Europe, transforming them to make them comprehensible to local audiences. Among these plays was Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was adapted into German and which comes down to us in a seventeenth-century manuscript copy as Romio und Julieta.

Join us for a roundtable conversation about issues of translation, adaptation, and performance as we discuss Creation Theatre’s upcoming online staged reading of Romio und Julieta based on a new English translation of the play by Lukas Erne and Kareen Seidler, published by Arden.

Organizer:    Maria Shmygol (U. of Leeds, ex. U. Genève)

Moderator:   Harry McCarthy (U. of Cambridge)

Participants: Lucy Askew (Creation Theatre)

Ryan Duncan (Creation Theatre)

Freyja Cox Jensen (U. of Exeter)

Kareen Seidler (Berlin, ex. U. Genève)


You can read more about the Early Modern German Shakespeare edition project here.

Free tickets to Creation Theatre’s rehearsed reading of the play, which will take place virtually on 6th May, 7:30pm are available here.


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