Masterclasses in homage to the Bard

April 16 / 179

The Faculty of Arts will become a second home for Shakespeare aficionados and admirers over the next few weeks. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, a series of masterclasses is being hosted by the Faculty’s Dr David McInnis, exploring four of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. 

The selection spans all the quintessential Shakespearean genres – tragedy, comedy, history and romance. Through lively discussion and performances, the series will consider Shakespeare’s contribution to each genre. 

The background of Shakespeare’s sources, key themes in each play, and various interpretations will also be discussed.

The program curated by Dr McInnis is a rich collection of talks by leading experts in Shakespeare, interweaved with performances and adaptations of the plays.

* Sunday 17 April – Comedy – Merry Wives of Windsor presented by Dr Rob Conkie with performances by Falstaff (Tom Considine) and his wives (Helen Hopkins and Carole Patullo)

* Sunday 24 April – Tragedy – Romeo and Juliet presented by James Evans with performances by Bell Shakespeare

* Sunday 1 May – History – Henry IV presented by Dr David McInnis with performances by the Melbourne University Shakespeare Company

* Sunday 8 May – Romance – The Tempest presented by Dr David McInnis, accompanied by a musician from the Faculty of Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

To spend your Sunday afternoons immersed in the world of Shakespeare, register online now. Series passes are $260 for alumni, students and staff, and $290 for non-alumni. Light refreshments are included.

For more information, view the Melbourne Masterclass Shakespeare: Written for the Stage, Not the Page brochure or event page.

Find out what else is happening at the University of Melbourne in commemoration of 400 years of Shakespeare at: http://shakespeare400.unimelb.edu.au/

Story by Bridget O'Reilly

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