Whether you're looking to advance your knowledge for a course, swot up for the 'theatre round' the next time it's quiz night, or simply impress your friends, this course is for you.
Led by some of the best theatre experts in the industry, the sessions will cover the following:
Week 1 (Wed 22 April) – Greek theatre with Lucy Jackson.
Exploring tragedy, comedy, the chorus and masks. The second half of this session will focus on Euripides’ masterpiece Medea.
Week 2 (Wed 29 April) – Shakespeare.
Looking at Shakespeare in both social and theatrical contexts, connecting the world he knew with his works. The second half of the session will focus on Hamlet.
Week 3 (Wed 6 May) – 19th-century drama.
Covering the key forms of 19th-century theatre such as realism, naturalism, melodrama, panto and spectacle, as well as playwrights like Ibsen and Chekhov. The second half of the session will focus on Hedda Gabler.
Week 4 (Wed 13 May) – Early 20th-century practitioners.
Looking at practitioners including Artaud, Brecht, Jarry and Stanislavski. The second half of the session will focus on Brecht's Mother Courage.
Week 5 (Wed 20 May) – 1950s to today with Dan Rebellato.
Covering British theatre from the 1950s to present day, including writers such as Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Sarah Kane and Harold Pinter. The second half of the session will focus on Caryl Churchill's Top Girls.
Tickets £150 (£140 senior citizens / £90 students, under-18s and Entry Pass members)