Shakespeare & Europe
Wed 20 April, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Every year we join with the Bath Shakespeare Society to celebrate the Bard’s birthday.
This year’s celebratory lecture will be on the subject of:
Shakespeare and Europe
Speaker: Graham Billing MA (Oxon)
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in a silver sea
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands …
Richard II: Act 2 Sc 1
Thus, John of Gaunt, an old man on his deathbed, reflects on the joy and privilege of being English. But what was Shakespeare’s view of other European countries? After all, only one third of his plays are set in England, and the majority of his characters are not English.
You can come to Queen Square or watch online (but you’ll miss out on the cake!), please select the correct ticket when booking.