Drama: Plays & Players

Enjoy exploring plays from throughout the years and consider how scripts have been adapted, reinterpreted and brought to life on the stage.
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  1. Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and power in performance. Explore extracts from plays including 'Hamlet', 'Othello, Richard III', 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. Modern Irish and British drama

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss some key drama texts from the last 50 years in terms of theme, character, language and as performance texts. Plays studied will include 'Betrayal' by Harold Pinter, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill and Translations by Brian Friel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Visiting London theatre today

    Visiting London theatre today

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. You will explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes a contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at Build. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on

    24 September, 8 October, 29October and12 and 26 November. No class on 22 October.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £223.00

  5. An introduction to literature: drama. Image: Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

    An introduction to literature: drama

    New
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read, discuss and view extracts from three plays: Hamlet by Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett in terms of theme, character, language and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  6. Shakespeare the controversialist

    New
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shakespeare’s plays continue to stimulate intense debate. This course offers the opportunity to consider and compare four which have proved especially contentious. Through close reading we shall see how Shakespeare’s art still challenges our assumption.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £171.00

  7. The myth of Faust in Goethe and Marlowe

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The myth of the Medieval scholar exchanging his life to satisfy his thirst for knowledge features in several European

    plays and novels. We will look at two interpretations of this story, Goethe’s Faust (Part I) and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Classic drama

    New
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays, including Othello by Shakespeare, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov,

    Agamemnon from The Oresteia by Aeschylus in terms of themes, language, political, social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Hamlet in a day

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do the language and themes of Hamlet generate such interest and controversy? Through close reading of several of the play’s crucial scenes, we shall compare our own responses to those of famous commentators.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Shakespeare's unruly women

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will look at a range of Shakespeare’s female characters, exploring representations of love, marriage, widowhood, madness and female power. Characters include Rosalind (As You Like It), Gertrude and Ophelia (Hamlet), Lady Macbeth and the witches (Macbeth) and Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra).
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Diving into the Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys answers Charlotte Bronte

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close consideration of Rhys’ haunting work, Wide Sargasso Sea, we will consider how systems of power and

    history define and subjugate the individual in intimate spaces. Please read the work in preparation for the course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  12. The 21st century novel

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does it mean to read novels in the 21st century? And why do authors still write them? In this course, we will think about the continuing importance of the novel and look at some examples since the millennium. Authors include J.M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo and Ali Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

    New
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tragedy was a popular genre in the Jacobean period and these two plays, written within a few years of each other, represent quite different approaches to that genre. Webster both emulated Shakespeare and was at pains to distance himself from him. Detailed analysis will reveal distinctive characteristics of both writers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Drama in society: text to performance

    New
    Course Date: Thu 7 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, discuss and view two 20th century plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts with two plays dealing with truth and lies: Ibsen's Rosmersholm and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Visiting London theatre: summer season

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. You will explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes a contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at Build on 30 May. Theatre visits on 6 June and 20 June.
    Full fee: £131.00
    Senior fee: £115.00
    Concession: £92.00

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