This House Believes the Hype around Shakespeare is Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare is widely held to be the greatest literary genius England - and indeed the world - has produced, as well as constituting a fundamental component of the performance and research of English here at Cambridge. Over four centuries since his death, it is important to look back on this legacy and interrogate whether - and why - this should be the case. Join us to hear from leading figures in British theatre, arts and Shakespeare studies in what promises to be a fruitful and engaging choice of topic for Lent term’s culture debate.


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Ben Crystal - is an English actor, author, and producer. He has co-written books on Shakespeare’s life and writing style with his father David Crystal. Ben’s first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award.
Professor Michael Dobson - is Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham and an honorary governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His research interests focus on how Shakespeare’s work has inspired others.
Dame Marina Warner CBE - is a writer of fiction, criticism and history. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London and the President of the Royal Society of Literature. She was the winner of the 2015 Holberg Prize and gave the BBC’s Reith Lectures in 1994.
Professor Kiernan Ryan - is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and a Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute. An internationally renowned Shakespeare critic, he has written substantial publications on Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Shakespeare’s last plays.
11 March 2021, 20:00 through  9:30 PM
Online only
United Kingdom