WANT to get more out of your visit to Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre?
WANT to learn more about Shakespeare’s most popular plays?
WANT to get to grips with a Shakespeare play ahead of seeing it performed live?

Come along to one of our special pre-show talks and enjoy an entertaining and informative discussion of the play from a top Shakespeare expert.

Hear expert and lively perspectives on the play and learn about famous past performances, with contributions from professional actors from Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre company, before seeing the evening performance.

Plus, for those who want a little more, one free class on Macbeth. See below for details.
Shakespeare's Rose Theatre is proud to be offering these free pre-show talks and class in association with the University of York.

Pre-show talks and bonus class
Free of Charge

Details of Location
10 July (Macbeth): The Berrick Saul Building, University of York
24, 25 and 30 July: The King's Manor (through iron gates to the left of York Art Gallery)

For location of the University of York's Berrick Saul Building, see campus maps:
For locations of the King's Manor, see York city centre maps.

There are four pre-show talks and one bonus class to choose from, or come to the run!
Tickets are free but must be reserved. Discover more below.


Tuesday 10 July – Macbeth

(Berrick Saul Building, University of York)

3:00 – 3.15pm: Arrivals.
3:15 – 4:20pm: The Language of Macbeth - A Shakespeare class with Professor Judith Buchanan.
4:20 – 4:40pm: Refreshments.
4:45 – 5:45pm: Pre-show talk by Professor Peter Holland, with actor assistance.
7:30pm: Performance of Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre.

Guest speaker:
Peter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame, having previously been Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey and the Chair of the International Shakespeare Association. He is General Editor for the series Great Shakespeareans, Oxford Shakespeare Topics and Arden Shakespeare in the Theatre. He writes and speaks widely internationally on Shakespeare in performance and is currently writing a book on Shakespeare and forgetting. This is a rare opportunity to hear this leading Shakespearean speak in the UK.

Class Tutor:
Professor Judith Buchananis an expert in Shakespearea and performance from the University of York.


Tuesday 24 July – Richard III

(Huntingdon Room, King's Manor, University of York)

5:00 – 6:00pm: Richard III: History’s man and Shakespeare’s. Comparative perspectives on the mythic figure of Richard III. A lively conversation between a Medieval historian and a Shakespearean.
7:30pm: Performance of Richard III at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre.

Guest speakers:
Mark Ormrod is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York. An expert on medieval politics, he is the author of numerous works on English kingship and government in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. He was active in the debates that followed the discovery of Richard III's remains at Leicester in 2012 and the campaign to have the last Plantagenet king reinterred in York. He is especially interested in the posthumous reputations of medieval monarchs, and has lectured extensively on the representations of kings in Shakespeare's history plays.

Dr Megan Murray-Pepper is a Shakespearean scholar with a background in playhouse practice and performance at the Globe in London. Her research principally focuses both on Shakespeare’s own sources and on the adaptation and appropriation of Shakespeare’s works across forms and genres.


Wednesday 25 July – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(K/133, King’s Manor, University of York)

5:00 – 6:00pm: Pre-show talk by Professor Judith Buchanan, with actor assistance.
7:30pm: Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre.

Guest speaker:
Judith Buchanan is Professor of Film and Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of York. A Shakespearean with a special interest in performance, she was Shakespeare advisor to the recently released British Macbeth feature film, directed by Kit Monkman, and has contributed the expert voice-over commentaries to the British Film Institute DVDs Silent Shakespeare and Play On!Shakespeare in Silent Film. She speaks regularly to audiences in the UK and internationally.


Monday 30 July – Romeo and Juliet

(K/133, King’s Manor, University of York)

5:00 – 6:00pm: Pre-show talk by Professor Helen Smith, with actor assistance.
7:30pm: Performance of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre.

Guest speaker:
Helen Smith is Professor of English and Head of the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. She is an early modern scholar with expertise in the history of books, printing and publication in the period and in the creative contributions of women and with a particular interest in the material stuff of the world and what we can learn from it.