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1 Creative Commons Henry VI, Part 2 Professor Emma Smith continues her Approaching Shakespeare series with a 2017 lecture on the early history play, Henry VI, Part 2. Emma Smith 09 Nov 2017
2 Dame Maggie Smith in Conversation Dame Maggie Smith and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC in conversation Maggie Smith, Helena Kennedy 27 Oct 2017
3 Creative Commons All's Well That Ends Well Professor Emma Smith lectures on Shakespeare’s comedy All's Well That Ends Well. Emma Smith 25 Oct 2017
4 Professing Sir Tom Stoppard delivers the Cameron Mackintosh Inaugural lecture 2017 Tom Stoppard 16 Oct 2017
5 Creative Commons Storming Utopia The director from the Pegasus theatre in Oxford, talks about his upcoming theatre piece. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Wes Williams 23 Jun 2017
6 Director Wayne Jordan discusses Oedipus (Abbey Theatre 2015) The Abbey Theatre's artistic director Wayne Jordan talks to Professor Fiona Macintosh, about his acclaimed 2015 production of Sophocles' Oedipus. Wayne Jordan, Fiona Macintosh 03 May 2017
7 Staging History: favourite objects and concluding thoughts The series concludes with each of the contributors discussing an object that particularly stands out for them from the exhibition items and what it reveals about staging history in this period. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
8 History on stage In this episode, the contributors discuss why history so frequently featured on stage in this period, and the significance of the historical events that these dramas staged for contemporary audiences. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
9 Experiencing the late Georgian theatre This episode explores what it was like to experience theatre in this era, including how theatres were laid out and designed, what it was like to be in the audience, and how plays were written, advertised and staged. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
10 Theatre in the ‘Long Regency’ era This episode gives a brief introduction to the history of this period, beginning with the American War of Independence and culminating in the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
11 Extracts from Shakespeare, read by Roland Oliver (actor): Richard II Act V, Scene 5; Macbeth Act II, Scene 1; Henry IV Part 2, Act IV, Scene 3 Roland (an actor and alumnus of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) concludes the ‘Shakespeare and the Brain’ event by reading relevant extracts from three of Shakespeare’s plays. Roland Oliver 12 Dec 2016
12 The Hunter Heartbeat Method – Kelly Hunter (actor, director and educator) Kelly gives an outline of some of her work using sensory drama games, using Shakespeare’s works, to interact and play with children with autism. Kelly Hunter 12 Dec 2016
13 Clytemenstra Host Alice Harberd discusses Clytemnestra, a fascinating character from Greek Tragedy, with Emily Clifford and Lily Aaronovitch. Alice Harberd, Emily Clifford, Lily Aaronovitch 02 Dec 2016
14 Creation and Immigration Claude-Michel Schönberg delivers his inaugural lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre Claude-Michel Schönberg 22 Nov 2016
15 Creative Commons Shakespeare and the Victorians Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature, Oxford, gives a talk for Shakespeare Oxford 2016 series. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 19 Oct 2016
16 Creative Commons Frank McGuinness in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Acclaimed playwright Frank McGuinness talks with Fiona Macintosh about his work adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and Medea. Frank McGuinness, Fiona Macintosh 11 Aug 2016
17 Creative Commons Jonathan Kent in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Director Jonathan Kent discusses his work with Greek tragedies, including Medea with Diana Rigg in 1992-1994; Hecuba with Clare Higgins in 2004; and Oedipus with Ralph Fiennes in 2008 at the National Theatre. Jonathan Kent, Fiona Macintosh 11 Aug 2016
18 The Oresteia at the Globe Theatre (2015) Director, Adele Thomas, and playwright / translator, Rory Mullarkey, talk about their production of Aeschylus' Oresteia at the Globe Theatre, London in 2015 Adele Thomas, Rory Mullarkey 11 Aug 2016
19 Medea, a performance history (ebook version) A free to download, interactive/multimedia ebook by the APGRD, on the production history of Euripides' tragedy Medea Fiona Macintosh; Claire Kenward; Tom Wrobel 09 Aug 2016
20 Ian Rickson on Sophocles' Electra Director Ian Rickson talks about his 2014 production of Sophocles' Electra at the Old Vic, London, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra Ian Rickson 09 Aug 2016
21 Marina Carr in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Playwright Marina Carr discusses her adaptation of Euripides' Hecuba, which premiered at the RSC in 2015, and her long-standing relationship with Greek Tragedy Marina Carr, Fiona Macintosh 09 Aug 2016
22 Gwyneth Lewis on Writing Clytemnestra Poet and playwright, Gwyneth Lewis discusses her relationship with Greek tragedy and her play Clytemnestra. Gwyneth Lewis 09 Aug 2016
23 Helen McCrory discusses Medea with Edith Hall Actor Helen McCrory talks about her role in the acclaimed 2014 production of Euripides' Medea at the National Theatre Helen McCrory, Edith Hall 09 Aug 2016
24 Creative Commons David Garrick's Wigless Celebrity Ruth Scobie's bite-sized talk on a portrait of David Garrick by Johan Zoffany Ruth Scobie 07 Jun 2016
25 The Magic of Shakespeare This lecture will celebrate Shakespeare's immortality on the exact 400th anniversary of his burial. It will begin from Theseus' famous speech in A Midsummer Night's Dream about the magical, transformative power of poetry. Jonathan Bate 03 May 2016
26 1594: Shakespeare's most important year In the summer of 1594 William Shakespeare decided to invest around £50 to become a shareholder in a newly formed acting company: the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This lecture examines the consequences of this decision, unique in English theatrical history. Bart van Es 02 Mar 2016
27 Creative Commons Director and CEO of the Oxford Playhouse, Louise Chantal (Lincoln, 1987) Louise Chantal shares her love of the theatre and describes her involvement in Oxford’s cultural scene during her student days and running Oxford's famous Playhouse today. Louise Chantal 04 Dec 2015
28 Creative Commons The Tamer Tam'd: John Fletcher A riposte to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew Emma Smith 16 Nov 2015
29 Creative Commons Tis Pity She's a Whore: John Ford Reboot of Romeo and Juliet and other Elizabethan plays Emma Smith 11 Nov 2015
30 Creative Commons The Witch Of Edmonton Witchcraft and bigamy. Emma Smith 03 Nov 2015
31 Creative Commons A Chaste Maid in Cheapside: Thomas Middleton This lecture discusses comedy, fertility, and all those illegitimate children in this play about sex, economics and meat. Emma Smith 27 Oct 2015
32 Creative Commons The Alchemist: Ben Jonson Written in the context of plague in London, The Alchemist’s plot and language are deeply concerned with speed and speculation. Emma Smith 27 Oct 2015
33 Creative Commons Dr Faustus: Christopher Marlowe My lecture on this infernal play discusses Elizabethan religion, the revisions to the play, and whether we should think about James Bond in its final minutes. Emma Smith 26 Oct 2015
34 Creative Commons Julius Caesar This lecture on Julius Caesar discusses structure, tone, and politics by focusing on the cameo scene with Cinna the Poet. Emma Smith 18 May 2015
35 An Audience with Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre The acclaimed director, Rufus Norris, has just taken over as Artistic Director of the National Theatre – a role that is widely regarded as the biggest job in British theatre. Here he is in discussion with Robin Geffen. Rufus Norris, Robin Geffen 18 May 2015
36 Humanities and Science: Representing Science An interdisciplinary discussion exploring the many possible approaches to representing science through the arts, as well as potential challenges Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Jason Gaiger, Annie Cattrell 17 Mar 2015
37 Everything's Re-Made with Shovel and Spade: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale Simon Russell Beale, in conversation with Libby Purves, on his personal experience of playing Shakespeare in the theatre. Simon Russell Beale, Libby Purves 13 Mar 2015
38 Plays for Today? Closing symposium in which critic Michael Billington, playwright Rachel De-lahay, theatremaker Chris Goode academic and Dr Liz Tomlin discuss with David Edgar the place of the playwright in contemporary theatre. This event was filmed on 7th February 2015. David Edgar, Michael Billington, Rachel De-lahay, Liz Tomlin 05 Feb 2015
39 How Playwrights Collaborate A conversation with playwrights David Edgar, Howard Brenton and Bryony Lavery about how playwrights collaborate with directors, performers and each other. This conversation was filmed on 6th February 2015. David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Bryony Lavery 05 Feb 2015
40 How Playwrights Work A conversation with playwrights David Edgar, April de Angelis and David Greig discussing their working methods and what is (or isn’t) unique about their work. This conversation was filmed on 4th February 2015. April de Angelis, David Edgar, David Greig 05 Feb 2015
41 State of Play First lecture in which Playwright David Edgar outlines the story of new writing in postwar British theatre and the growth of the anti-writer trend since the 1990s. This lecture was filmed in Oxford on 2nd February 2015. David Edgar 05 Feb 2015
42 Creative Commons Stephen Fry- "Put on Your Red Shoes: Performance and Destiny" Stephen Fry, the 23rd holder of the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Theatre gives his first lecture at the University followed by Q&A with Roger Ainsworth. (Contains strong language). Stephen Fry, Roger Ainsworth 21 Feb 2014
43 Creative Commons 5. Wilde's Plays Fifth lecture in the Osar Wilde series. Sos Eltis talks about Oscar Wilde's plays including an Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Ernest and A Woman of No Importance. Sos Eltis 12 Nov 2013
44 Creative Commons 10.Greg Walker in conversation with Jonathan Bate. Cultural Connections conversation. Greg Walker asks Jonathan Bate to reflect on his motivation for engaging with many activities and publics beyond the academic. Greg Walker, Jonathan Bate 07 Aug 2013
45 Creative Commons Godwin and Frankenstein How far did Godwin have an impact on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and what does it tell us about how she thought about his principles, and his life. Mark Philp, David O’Shaughnessy, Ellen Sandford O'Neill 22 Nov 2012
46 Creative Commons The Merchant of Venice. ePub version of text The Merchant of Venice. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 20 Nov 2012
47 Creative Commons The Merchant of Venice This lecture on The Merchant of Venice discusses the ways the play's personal relationships are shaped by models of financial transaction, using the casket scenes as a central example. Emma Smith 20 Nov 2012
48 Creative Commons The Taming of the Shrew. ePub version of text THE Taming of the Shrew. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 09 Nov 2012
49 Creative Commons Taming of the Shrew Emma Smith uses evidence of early reception and from more recent productions to discuss the question of whether Katherine is tamed at the end of the play. Emma Smith 09 Nov 2012
50 Creative Commons A Midsommer Nights Dreame. ePub version of text A MIDSOMMER Nights Dreame. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 05 Nov 2012
51 Creative Commons A Midsummer Night's Dream This lecture on A Midsummer Night's Dream uses modern and early modern understandings of dreams to uncover a play less concerned with marriage and more with sexual desire. Emma Smith 05 Nov 2012
52 Creative Commons Much adoe about Nothing. ePub version of text Much adoe about Nothing. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 30 Oct 2012
53 Creative Commons Much Ado About Nothing Emma Smith asks why the characters are so quick to believe the self-proclaimed villain Don John, drawing on gender and performance criticism to think about male bonding, the genre of comedy, and the impulses of modern performance. Emma Smith 30 Oct 2012
54 Creative Commons The tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke. ePub version of text The tragedie of HAMLET, Prince of Denmarke. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 23 Oct 2012
55 Creative Commons Hamlet The fact that father and son share the same name in Hamlet is used to investigate the play's nostalgia, drawing on biographical criticism and the religious and political history of early modern England. Emma Smith 23 Oct 2012
56 Creative Commons As you Like it. ePub version of text As you Like it. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 23 Oct 2012
57 Creative Commons As You Like It Asking 'what happens in As You Like It', this lecture considers the play's dramatic structure and its ambiguous use of pastoral, drawing on performance history, genre theory, and eco-critical approaches. Emma Smith 23 Oct 2012
58 On Stage and Screen: Defining Moments in Entertainment Since 1962 As St Catherine's was being built, in July 1962, the Telstar satellite was making history as the first to relay television pictures through space. A year later, Mary Whitehouse would launch her 'Clean Up TV' campaign. Michael Billington, Sara Ramsden, Libby Purves, Thelma Holt 09 Oct 2012
59 Vanessa Redgrave: Speak What We Feel Not What We Ought To Say - (Part 2.2) Antony and Cleopatra Vanessa Redgrave (Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama 2011-2012) delivers the second of two lectures focused on the theme of Theatre and Politics. Vanessa Redgrave 24 Apr 2012
60 Vanessa Redgrave: Speak What We Feel Not What We Ought To Say - (Part 2.1) Antony and Cleopatra Vanessa Redgrave (Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama 2011-2012) delivers the second of two lectures focused on the theme of Theatre and Politics. Vanessa Redgrave 24 Apr 2012
61 Vanessa Redgrave: Speak What We Feel Not What We Ought To Say - (Part 1.2) King Lear - Panel Discussion Panel discussion following Vanessa Redgrave's first lecture focused on the theme of Theatre and Politics. Vanessa Redgrave, Carlo Nero, Fred Harrison, Robert Holtom 24 Apr 2012
62 Vanessa Redgrave: Speak What We Feel Not What We Ought To Say - (Part 1.1) King Lear Vanessa Redgrave (Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama 2011-2012) delivers the first of two lectures focused on the theme of Theatre and Politics. Vanessa Redgrave 24 Apr 2012
63 Creative Commons The Tragedie Of King Lear. ePub version of text THE TRAGEDIE OF KING LEAR. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 22 Feb 2012
64 Creative Commons King Lear Showing how generations of critics - and Shakespeare himself - have rewritten the ending of King Lear, this sixteenth Approaching Shakespeare lecture engages with the question of tragedy and why it gives pleasure. Emma Smith 22 Feb 2012
65 Creative Commons The life and death of King Iohn. ePub version of text The life and death of King Iohn. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 10 Feb 2012
66 Creative Commons King John At the heart of King John is the death of his rival Arthur: this fifteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series looks at the ways history and legitimacy are complicated in this plotline. Emma Smith 10 Feb 2012
67 Creative Commons Pericles, Prince of Tyre Pericles has been on the margins of the Shakespearean canon: this fourteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series shows some of its self-conscious artistry and contemporary popularity. Emma Smith 01 Feb 2012
68 Creative Commons The Tragedy of Richard the Third: with the Landing of Earle Richmond, and the Battell at Bosworth Field. ePub version of text The Tragedy of Richard the Third: with the Landing of Earle Richmond, and the Battell at Bosworth Field. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 25 Jan 2012
69 Creative Commons Richard III In this thirteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series the focus is on the inevitability of the ending of Richard III: does the play endorse Richmond's final victory? Emma Smith 25 Jan 2012
70 Creative Commons The Comedie of Errors. ePub version of text The Comedie of Errors. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 23 Jan 2012
71 Creative Commons The Comedy of Errors Lecture 12 in the Approaching Shakespeare series asks how seriously we can take the farcical exploits of Comedy of Errors, drawing out the play's serious concerns with identity and selfhood. Emma Smith 23 Jan 2012
72 Creative Commons The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry Sirnamed Hot-spvrre. ePub version of text The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of HENRY Sirnamed HOT-SPVRRE. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 16 Nov 2011
73 Creative Commons Henry IV part 1 Like generations of theatre-goers, this lecture concentrates on the (large) figure of Sir John Falstaff and investigates his role in Henry IV part 1. Lecture 11 in the Approaching Shakespeare series. Emma Smith 16 Nov 2011
74 Creative Commons The Tempest. ePub version of text THE TEMPEST. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 14 Nov 2011
75 Creative Commons The Tempest That the character of Prospero is a Shakespearean self-portrait is a common reading of The Tempest: this tenth Approaching Shakespeare lecture asks whether that is a useful reading of the play. Emma Smith 14 Nov 2011
76 Creative Commons The Tragedie Of Anthonie, and Cleopatra. ePub version of text THE TRAGEDIE OF Anthonie, and Cleopatra. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 10 Nov 2011
77 Creative Commons Antony and Cleopatra What kind of tragedy is this play, with its two central figures rather than a singular hero? The ninth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series tries to find out. Emma Smith 10 Nov 2011
78 Creative Commons Twelfe Night, Or what you will. ePub version of text Twelfe Night, Or what you will. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 20 Oct 2011
79 Creative Commons Twelfth Night The seventh Approaching Shakespeare lecture takes a minor character in Twelfth Night - Antonio - and uses his presence to open up questions of sexuality, desire and the nature of romantic comedy. Emma Smith 20 Oct 2011
80 Creative Commons The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. ePub version of text The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 19 Oct 2011
81 Creative Commons Titus Andronicus Focusing in detail on one particular scene, and on critical responses to it, this sixth Approaching Shakespeare lecture on Titus Andronicus deals with violence, rhetoric, and the nature of dramatic sensationalism. Emma Smith 19 Oct 2011
82 Creative Commons If marriage is a trade, then what price romance? Theatre was a forum for early twentieth-century feminists to challenge romantic ideals of marriage, arguing against society blocking women's access to alternative professions. Did one playwright solve the problem of selling seats without selling out? Sol Eltis 15 Feb 2011
83 Creative Commons The Winters Tale. ePub version of text The Winter's Tale. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 09 Nov 2010
84 Creative Commons The Winter's Tale How we can make sense of a play that veers from tragedy to comedy and stretches credulity in its conclusion? That's the topic for this fifth Approaching Shakespeare lecture on The Winter's Tale. Emma Smith 09 Nov 2010
85 Creative Commons The Tragedie Of Macbeth. ePub version of text THE TRAGEDIE OF MACBETH. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 02 Nov 2010
86 Creative Commons Macbeth In this fourth Approaching Shakespeare lecture the question is one of agency: who or what makes happen the things that happen in Macbeth? Emma Smith 02 Nov 2010
87 Creative Commons Measvre, For Measure. ePub version of text MEASVRE, For Measure. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 27 Oct 2010
88 Creative Commons Measure for Measure The third Approaching Shakespeare lecture, on Measure for Measure, focuses on the vexed question of this uncomic comedy's genre. Emma Smith 27 Oct 2010
89 Creative Commons The Life of Henry the Fift. ePub version of text The Life of Henry the Fifth. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 20 Oct 2010
90 Creative Commons Henry V The second lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series looks at King Henry V, and asks whether his presentation in the play is entirely positive. Emma Smith 20 Oct 2010
91 Creative Commons The Tragedie Of Othello, the Moore of Venice. ePub version of text THE TRAGEDIE OF Othello, the Moore of Venice. / Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. William Shakespeare 18 Oct 2010
92 Creative Commons Othello First in Emma Smith's Approaching Shakespeare lecture series; looking at the central question of race and its significance in the play. Emma Smith 18 Oct 2010
93 Creative Commons Who Translates and for Whom? Fourth part of the What is Translation Podcast series. In this part, the question of who is best placed to translate classic texts; academics, poets, dramatists and who is best placed to receive the translation, students, scholars or the general public. Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
94 Creative Commons Can Poetry be Translated? Third part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether poetry be translated. Is there something within the original that is lost in the translation? Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
95 Creative Commons Is there ever a Faithful Translation? Second part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether there can be a faithful translation; does the act of translating a text change the meaning of the original is discussed. Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
96 Creative Commons Does Tragedy Teach? Third dialogue on the nature of tragedy where they talk about whether tragic theatre teaches people, and if it does, how and what does it teach? Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
97 Creative Commons What does Tragedy do for People? A discussion of what the use of tragedy is, and whether the emotional experience of tragic theatre is simply a passing thrill or a vital part of life. Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
98 Creative Commons Defining Tragedy First dialogue between Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings on tragedy: they discuss what 'tragedy' means, from its origins in Greek culture to philosophical notions of what tragedy and tragic drama are. Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
99 Creative Commons Adapting Greek Tragedy Fiona Macintosh talks with distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness about his work in adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and The Medea. Fiona Macintosh, Frank McGuinness 28 Jan 2010
100 Creative Commons The Duchess of Malfi The Duchess of Malfi / Webster, John, 1580?-1625. This is the epub edition of the play. John Webster 24 Nov 2009