Shakespeare is the most global of authors, and our voyage affords us a great chance to
engage with World Shakespeares first-hand. Supplementing original texts with selected
live performances, major film adaptations, and recorded productions from the Global
Shakespeare Festival held in Shakespeare’s rebuilt Globe in London in 2012, we will study how
Shakespeare’s concerns morph and migrate across time and space. In its way, every staging
is a new adaptation of some starting script or design; in a modular sequence correlated where
possible with performance occasions onshore, we will try to do justice to great Shakespeare plots
and their cultural and contextual permutations from Henry IV Part I to Hamlet to Macbeth and
from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Tempest.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Day: 1 - Cape Town - Friday, 28 March
We will visit multiple open-air venues in Cape Town including Shakespeare-in-the-Park home-venue Maynardville and the world-famous Rhodes bequest Kirstenbosch which showcase both performance and mastery of landscape. Using gardens and theaters as lenses on each other, we will study the special / alternative reality that performance-space always involves.