Enhance your experience of select performances during Pop-up Globe’s 2019 summer season with our lively series of panel discussions, bringing together a range of views from different sectors – historical, theatrical, political, cultural – in order to debate and interrogate some of the issues at the core of our productions.
Each panel discussion is focused on a different Shakespeare production presented within our season. Speakers will be announced on Pop-up Globe’s website and Facebook page.
Richard III in the age of Fake News and Dirty Politics
Details: Saturday 22 December, 4:30pm
In the 1590s, Richard III might have been perceived by some as satire and others as a chilling exploration of how, 100 years earlier, such an unlikely candidate managed to achieve the crown. With his love of charismatic villains, vulnerable tyrants and charming psychopaths, what might Shakespeare think of our current world leaders if he were alive today?
Hamlet: Shakespeare’s greatest play or greatest bore?
Details: Saturday 30 March, 4:30pm
“The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means!” says a character in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, just one of the huge number of works throughout popular culture and high art influenced by Hamlet. But what does Shakespeare’s most famous play and character actually have to offer us in the 21st century? Are there really still lessons to be learnt from a whining, white, entitled, privileged, wealthy, male university student?