Three ways to participate
Free community events
Shakespeare and Game of Thrones
Thursday, March 7, 6–7:30 p.m.
The infamous feuds between English families in Shakespeare’s canon have shaped a variety of modern dramatic fiction like the hit franchise Game of Thrones, which was inspired by the popular book series. In this informal and accessible lecture, Harvard educator and scholar Jeff Wilson illuminates the similar ways we can process Shakespeare alongside contemporary epics. Learn about the connections between these two gruesome and complex worlds, including how author George R.R. Martin drew upon Shakespeare’s literary strategies, tropes and historical fictions in his work.
How To Hear Shakespeare
Sunday, March 10, 4–5:30 p.m.
Availability is limited
The lively and interactive setting where Shakespeare’s audiences originally viewed his work differs starkly from how we often encounter his language today — in classrooms or quiet theaters. In this interactive workshop, local performance artist and theater educator Olivia Osol will explain how audiences would have experienced the Bard in his time, with helpful tips for navigating the words and sounds of Shakespeare’s plays in our modern context. Guthrie Resident Dramaturg Carla Steen and History Plays Associate Director Lavina Jadhwani will join Osol to discuss how to make the most of experiencing the Guthrie’s History Plays.
Shakespeare’s English Kings
Tuesday, March 12, 6–9 p.m.
Availability is limited
Need a crash course in the world of the History Plays? Rodney Cottier, Artistic Associate for the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, joins us for a super-lecture on the History Plays and the English kings. Delve into the family trees of the legendary English monarchs featured onstage, discover the state of England and France at this point in history and explore the complexities of being king in this era. This accessible and comprehensive lecture is perfect for seasoned academics and curious newcomers just discovering Shakespeare’s History Plays.
Join us on a marathon day to view all three History Plays from start to finish. Witness the entire generational struggle for glory, power and redemption in one immersive experience on April 13 or May 18. Performances are scheduled at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
A Shakespeare Symposium
Join us for an immersive weekend of Shakespeare inspired by the History Plays (Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V). Artists, educators, theater fans and anyone interested in Shakespeare are invited to explore how the leadership and power dynamics portrayed onstage play out in our world today. Presented in partnership with the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, the weekend will include performances of all three History Plays, plus breakout sessions, networking and special events.