Shakespeare’s Globe theatre jointly delivers the Birkbeck MA programme, Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance. It kicked off a three-day conference last night, Women in Shakespeare.
The conference includes discussions on women in Shakespeare and in scholarship editing and feminism. It will also honour Professor Ann Thompson, a renowned Shakespearean expert, who recently retired from King’s College London.
Thompson was described by her colleague Neal Taylor as a “scholar, teacher, feminist, journalist, and Shakespearean”. He went on to describe her as a person who led by example and that “she was superb to work for and superb to work with”.
Thompson herself was a little bit more restrained about her accomplishments, but as the evening went on it was evident that his words about her were correct.
Her delivery was impeccable and after hearing Thompson speak for just a short while, you were not surprised to learn she was the curator of the Women’s Wit season as well.
This event has been well subscribed to and tickets for Saturday are completely sold out. No further tickets will be sold for the event, but the Globe will re-release seats if there are confirmed cancellations.
It may well be worth your time to drop by the box office today or Sunday to try and secure entry. Many academics will lead the discussions, such as Professor Lois Potter and Professor Kate McLuskie.
If you’re interested in the role of women in Shakespeare’s writing, then this is an opportunity to hear the views and theories of some of the leading names in Shakespearean studies. I’d urge you to try and get a ticket for this weekend.
The box office is at Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT – opening hours Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.