Drama: plays and players

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

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    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 'Antony and Cleopatra', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes. T.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Italian weekend: "...and sinking is sweet in such a sea": parallels in the Romantic lyricism of John Keats and Giacomo Leopardi

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Giacomo Leopardi and John Keats were almost contemporary and never met, but there are striking similarities in the content and style of their poems. Come and read and discuss some of their most important works.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  4. Visiting London theatre today

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 25 September, 9 October, 23 October and 13 and 27 November. No class on 30 October.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read, discuss and view extracts from three plays: Macbeth by Shakespeare, Ghosts by Ibsen and

    The Crucible by Miller in terms of theme, character, language and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  6. Four Shakespearean Comedies: "What fools these mortals be!"

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shakespeare’s comedies offer remarkable complexity and nuance. Through close reading of these plays, we shall explore how Shakespeare’s art illuminates the apparent absurdity of human experience and the darker realities threatening to overshadow our happiness.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £171.00

  7. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays: Antigone by Sophocles, Richard II by Shakespeare and Hedda Gabler by Ibsen 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

  8. Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' with Thomas Middleton's 'Women Beware Women'

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Measure for Measure is a comedy and Women Beware Women a tragedy, but they share a highly satirical and problematic approach to power and sexual relationships, which is characteristic of the Jacobean period to which they belong.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  9. Drama in Society: text to performance

    Course Date: Thu 9 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore two ground breaking plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts, considering them in their social and political contexts.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on key works in modern British theatre, we explore developments since the boom in new writing in the 1990’s, the work of major playwrights in context and the significance of new contemporary theatre forms. Writers include Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens and Jez Butterworth.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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