Celebrating all things Shakespeare

April 16 / 180

It’s four hundred years this month since Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil, but fascination with his plays - which in many senses have defined the culture of the English-speaking world for centuries – remains high.

The University of Melbourne is marking this Shakespearean milestone with a series of events, led by Culture and Communication’s Shakespeare expert Dr David McInnis, and an online microsite, shakespeare400.unimelb.edu.au.

Shakespeare400 is both an intellectually stimulating and a fun site, where you can test your knowledge of Shakespeare’s life and work in a quiz (which also appeared in last Saturday’s Herald Sun), vote for your favourite play, and read stories on various themes and aspects of his life and work, including information about a major research project Dr McInis is leading to explore lost plays of the Elizabethan era.

Dr McInnis explains that this research generates new perspectives on Shakespeare’s life and times, and reviews the fragments and information recovered about the so-called lost plays: titles, playwrights, playing companies, venues, audiences, and more.

“The more we recover, the more we see how much Shakespeare’s plays have in common with other plays of the period … every play we look at is deeply embedded in a rich network of similar plays,” he says.

Visit the site to explore forthcoming events and exhibitions.

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