Study fascinating theatrical and social contexts that shaped Shakespeare’s plays
On this course, you’ll explore the language, themes, and contexts of three of Shakespeare’s most widely studied and frequently performed plays.
You’ll consider the different performance choices they offer and learn about the theatrical practices that influenced Shakespeare’s stagecraft.
This course will complement curriculums across the globe while offering students the chance to delve deeper into areas that schools often don’t have time to cover, such as performance, dramaturgy, and context.
The course can be taken remotely by an entire class, offering students the option to learn together during the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19.
What topics will you cover?
- Shakespeare’s stagecraft
- Early modern performance conditions and Shakespeare’s plays
- Language and how it creates meaning
- Historical and literary context of the plays
- The afterlives of Shakespeare’s plays
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is primarily designed for those studying or teaching Shakespeare as part of the school curriculum.
The course is also suitable for anyone new to Shakespeare, as well as those looking to refresh their knowledge.
Who developed the course?
King’s College London
King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.