Summer School Week One – Exploring Shakespeare with Elizabeth Merry


Summer school

Day course

Residential course

Elizabeth Merry

9 August 2020 to 15 August 2020

Fees from £56 per day non-resident

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Covering a representative spectrum of five Shakespeare plays, we look at a Comedy, a Tragedy, a History play, a Roman play and a Romance.

Day one will examine The Taming of the Shrew – one of his earlier works. This controversial comedy is of particular interest today with the rise of the#MeToo movement and women’s rights in a changing world. Day two takes us into the troubled world of King Lear, with bitter family disputes, power struggles, greed and betrayal as the geriatric king, loses control. Our third play, Henry IV Part I opens with another weary and ageing king – but also charts the youthful peccadilloes and outrageous adventures of his son Prince Hal, aided by one of Shakespeare’s greatest creations, the ‘fat knight’ Sir john Falstaff. Politics and passion are the overwhelming themes of our fourth day’s play, Antony and Cleopatra, their impassioned but doomed affair and its effect on themselves and on Rome. We end with Shakespeare’s late fantasy, The Tempest. On a remote island displaced nobleman Prospero uses magical powers to become master of his domain, subjugating the sprite Ariel and the monster Caliban, and rearing his daughter Miranda as an innocent unaware of the wider world. But reality breaks into their realm of enchantment.

Residential Fees From: £868.   Non Residential: £280 (There is no Patrons discount for this course)

This course can be booked for the entire week of you can book individual days at a cost of £56 per day.
Monday – A Comedy – The Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday – A Tragedy – King Lear
Wednesday – A History Play – Henry IV
Thursday – A Roman Play – Antony and Cleopatra
Friday – A Romance – The Tempest

Tutor information

Elizabeth Merry BA; MA; PGCE has over 25 years experience lecturing to adults in the UK and Germany on various subjects including literature and poetry, classical art and architecture, and aspects of the visual arts.
Elizabeth is a lecturer for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) and is also available on a freelance basis to deliver lectures, study days or guided visits on a wide range of topics.