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Writing about Women in Shakespearian Performance

Saturday 11- Sunday 12 September 2010

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon

The CAPITAL Centre is co-hosting with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Nottingham Trent University a conference which will consider the issues around writing about women in Shakespearean performance, building on last year's very successful conference Shakespearean Theatre: The State of the Art.

Join a gathering of writers, Shakespeare scholars, theatre critics, actors and fellow enthusiasts as we explore this fascinating theme. Confirmed speakers include Penny Downie (RSC Associate Artist), Professor Laurie Maguire, John Peter, Professor Carol Rutter and actress Anne Ogbomo. This two-day conference also includes a performance of 1623 Theatre Company‘s production on Ellen Terry, a drinks reception and free admission to an exhibition Shakespeare's Women in Art and on Stage at the Shakespeare Centre which opens in July.

This conference will also be available online as ‘webinar’: log on and experience the event virtually, wherever you are in the world.

We ask: 

  • How do we write about women in Shakespearian roles, past and present?
  • What is the impact of the female presence on the Shakespearian stage?
  • Why are there so few women reviewers?
  • What is the place of single-sex companies in a culture which outlaws sex discrimination?
  • Do men and women see the same show differently and what difference does this make to an audience’s response?
  • What is today’s experience for female actors on the Shakespearian stage?

Registration: £65 (£60 concessions); £57 for Friends of the Trust; £50 students. Please note: ‘webinar’ attendance costs 25% off the appropriate registration fee.

For more information, or to book, email