Following on from 2019’s popular focus on Shakespeare, the Literary Café bows to requests for more of the same. So he’s back once again, in our ninth season, but in a fresh selection of masterpieces.
Mark Ball MA (Cantab), scholar and literary enthusiast, will guide us through an exhilarating exploration of this great dramatist’s work, as he enthuses, informs and challenges with his consideration of eleven plays in a monthly cycle culminating in a seasonal selection of the Sonnets.
All are welcome, from those who know loads to those who know nothing. But for all who are keen to know more.
Twelve passionate yet informed lectures – every third Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3pm with tea / coffee and cake at Christ Church Community Rooms on Bessborough Road, Oxton. £5 per session. Come and join us, at one or all, as you feel drawn.
“Shakespeare is difficult but so is life”. (Finton O’Toole)
Jan 21st THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Shakespeare’s dangerous outsiders – Take 1
Feb 18th THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Shakespeare dangerous outsiders – Take 2
March 17th KING RICHARD The SECOND
Shakespeare’s Kings of England
April 21st KING HENRY THE FIFTH
Shakespeare’s Kings of England – another
May 19th ROMEO AND JULIET
Shakespeare on Love and Trouble
June 16th TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
Shakespeare on (more) Love and Trouble
July 21st JULIUS CAESAR
Shakespeare on Rome – and Politics
Aug 18th CORIOLANUS
Shakespeare on Rome – and War
Sept 15th CYMBELINE
Shakespeare on the Romance of Things
Oct 20th ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Shakespeare on the (Anti) Romance of things
Nov 17th MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Shakespeare on the return of festivity and grace
Dec 15th SIX SONNETS FOR MIDWINTER
Envoi: a glance at Shakespeare’s poetry