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This spring we explore the impact Wittenberg had on early-modern English drama


WELCOME In 1517 Martin Luther nailed The Ninety-Five Theses onto the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. The document is regarded as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Last autumn we claimed that Shakespeare is German and explored the extraordinary influence Shakespeare has had on German drama and culture. This spring we explore the impact Wittenberg had on early-modern English drama. Hamlet and Horatio were both students at the University of Wittenberg, where Luther had been a Professor of Theology, and where Marlowe’s fictional Doctor Faustus was a teacher. Both Hamlet and Doctor Faustus will be staged at the Globe during the 2011 season. While only referred to in the play, the university is depicted in the remarkable 1920 silent film of Hamlet starring Asta Nielsen. The film will be screened at the BFI in January with live music composed by Claire van Kampen, played by six musicians. Luthers Anschlag der 95 Thesen (1873) by Ferdinand Wilhelm Pauwels Image courtesy of Die Wartburg-Stiftung (Wartburg Foundation)

In a series of lectures at the Globe, Frank Günther will discuss the art and politics of translating Shakespeare’s plays into German with particular reference to Hamlet. Professor Ewan Fernie and Dr Adrian Streete will explore the relationship between Shakespeare’s Theatre and the Protestant Reformation.

The season also includes a reading of David Davalos’ Wittenberg which wittily imagines conversations between Luther, Doctor Faustus and Hamlet at the university. Our three annual March productions take us further afield. Macbeth will be staged for the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project; Rutgers’ students will take us to Illyria in Twelfth Night and over 400 Southwark Primary and Secondary students will inhabit Prospero’s Island in The Tempest. Tickets are on sale for the annual Sam Wanamaker Festival, involving over 40 students from British drama schools and ending with one mighty festive jig. The 2011 Theatre Season, The Word is God, marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. A complementary series of events, The Heard Word: Pulpit vs Playhouse, will run throughout the year. I hope you choose this playhouse. Patrick Spottiswoode Director, Globe Education

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LECTUREs

“Shakespeare, bless thee. Thou art translated.”

Shakespeare’s Great Feast of Language Prepared by German Cooks

Thursday 17 February

Thursday 10 February

Dr Adrian Streete (Queen’s University Belfast)

Frank Günther

The inaugural lecture in a series which will celebrate and explore how Shakespeare has been translated into over 90 languages. Frank Günther is the leading translator of Shakespeare in Germany today. He will explore the opportunities and compromises he has encountered when translating Shakespeare in general, and Hamlet in particular. Shakespeare’s Globe is indebted to the Goethe-Institut London for their support of this lecture

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Shakespeare, Hamlet & Wittenberg

Shakespeare’s Theatre and the Reformation Hamlet famously studies at Wittenberg, Martin Luther’s university. The Prince’s discussion of the ‘providence’ that attends the ‘fall of a sparrow’ may well have been influenced by the writings of French theologian John Calvin. How significant were the works of Luther and Calvin in Shakespeare’s England? How are the ideas of the Reformers debated in Shakespeare’s plays? Dr Adrian Streete will explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between Shakespeare’s theatre and the European Reformation.

‘Sin bravely’: Luther, Faustus, Hamlet and Macbeth

ALL LECTURES Time

19:00 – 21:00 including interval

Venue

Nancy W Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets £10

FoSG/concs/students £8

Thursday 24 February Professor Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

The man who kick-started the Reformation, Martin Luther, infamously told his associate Melancthon to ‘sin bravely’. This talk will argue that some of the greatest heroes of Renaissance drama, including Faustus and Macbeth, do just that, and that Hamlet wallows in sin. It suggests energetic sinning is right at the heart of both the new Protestant spirituality and the most powerful and original plays that we have.

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Read Not Dead Wittenberg Read Not Dead ‘performances with scripts’ provide unique opportunities to hear and see plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, adaptations and sources, and modern plays inspired by his works. Globe Education has staged and recorded over 150 plays since the series began in 1995.

Time

(2008)

15:00

SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY

Tickets

By David Davalos UK Premiere

It is October 1517 in northern Germany. John Faustus (a philosophy professor) and Martin Luther (instructor in theology), and their star pupil, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark return to the University of Wittenberg for another autumn term. How these three men’s sagas overlap and intertwine and how they end up irrevocably affecting the course of each other’s lives is the substance of Wittenberg, a comedy which reveals the story behind the stories of Hamlet, Doctor Faustus and the Protestant Reformation. David Davalos will join the cast and director for a platform discussion after the reading.

Venue

Globe Education, Sackler Studios £8

FoSG/concs/students £6

RARELY PLAYED Wittenberg An inspiring and engaging seminar introduction to the Read Not Dead performance.

(2008)

SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY The seminar will explore Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and Shakespeare’s Hamlet in light of the afternoon’s reading.

Time

12:00 – 14:00

Venue

Gather at the Globe Education Reception Desk in the Foyer

Tickets

Includes ticket to the Read Not Dead performance £13 FoSG/concs/students £10

Wittenberger Stadtansicht vom Süden (1556) from the Cranach Painting Workshop Image courtesy of Stiftung Luther Gedenkstätten Sachsen-Anhalt (Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt)


MACBETH

Time

5 March 14:00 11 March 19:00

Saturday 5 March Friday 11 March

Venue

Over 14,000 students will receive free tickets to nine performances of Macbeth, Globe Education’s fifth annual professional production created especially for young people at the Globe.

Free Public booking for free performances opens Monday 21 February

Globe Theatre

Tickets

Students from 30 London schools will receive free workshops. Free web resources, created especially for the project, supporting the study of Shakespeare at Key Stage 3 will be available to all. The performances on 5 March and 11 March are free to members of the general public. www.playingshakespeare.org

PLAYING SHAKESPEARE WITH DEUTSCHE BANK

“I find it very exciting to be at the Globe and see a lot of children experiencing these plays without underselling the power of the original. They seem to completely love it, and I find that completely enjoyable and inspiring. It’s delightful to be present as people meet these plays for the first time.”

Media Partner

Siobhan Redmond, Actress

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Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe

OUR THEATRE THE TEMPEST Thursday 17 March The annual Our Theatre production has been Globe Education’s flagship community project since 1997. This year students from 12 primary and secondary schools, and schools for students with additional needs, will work with their teachers and Globe Education Practitioners to create an ensemble performance recreating Prospero’s island on the Globe Stage. Supported by

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Time

13:00

Venue

Globe Theatre

Tickets

Free A limited number of free tickets are available and must be booked in advance. Please email: community@ shakespearesglobe.com

TWELFTH NIGHT Friday 25 March Conservatory Acting students from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, spend their entire third year of study at Shakespeare’s Globe. The students take classes in acting, voice, movement, text, dance and fight, and immerse themselves in London life, history and culture. The students end their Globe residency with a performance on the Globe stage before returning to Rutgers for their final year of training. This year’s play, Twelfth Night, is directed by Timothy Walker.

Time

18:30

Venue

Globe Theatre

Tickets

A limited number of free tickets are available for this workshop performance. Please email: courses@ shakespearesglobe.com or call 020 7902 1469 for further information.

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2011

SAM WANAMAKER FESTIVAL

Sunday 3 April 44 students from 22 of the UK’s leading drama schools and two Rutgers students gather together for a weekend of workshops before presenting 23 scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the Globe stage. The afternoon’s public performance provides a mix of tragical, historical, pastoral and comical duologues culminating in one mighty festive finale jig.

Time

16:00

Venue

Globe Theatre

Tickets Seating £10

Standing £5

In association with the Conference of Drama Schools

Supported by

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Calendar Spring 2011 JANUARY 27

18:45

Screening: Sven Gade’s Hamlet (1920)

BFI Southbank, NFT1

february 10

19:00 – 21:00

Lecture: Shakespeare’s Great Feast of Language Prepared by German Cooks

Nancy W Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

13

12:00 – 14:00

Rarely Played: Wittenberg (2008)

Globe Education, Reception Desk in the Foyer

15:00

Read Not Dead: Wittenberg (2008)

Globe Education Sackler Studios

17

19:00 – 21:00

Lecture: Shakespeare’s Theatre and the Reformation

Nancy W Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

24

19:00 – 21:00

Lecture: ‘Sin bravely’: Luther, Faustus, Hamlet and Macbeth

Nancy W Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

MARCH 5

14:00

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth

Globe Theatre

11

19:00

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth

Globe Theatre

17

13:00

Our Theatre: The Tempest

Globe Theatre

25

18.30

Rutgers Conservatory: Twelfth Night

Globe Theatre

16:00

2011 Sam Wanamaker Festival

Globe Theatre

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Globe Educations Events Spring 2011