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, each session will cover the following:
Week 1 (Fri 6 March) – Greek theatre with Laura Swift.
Exploring tragedy, comedy, the chorus and masks. The second half of the session will focus on Euripides’ masterpiece Medea.
Week 2 (Fri 13 March) – Shakespeare with Anjna Chouhan.
Looking at Shakespeare in his social and theatrical context, connecting the world he knew with his works. The second half of the session will focus on Hamlet.
Week 3 (Fri 20 March) – 19th-century drama with Kirsten Shepherd-Barr.
Covering the key forms of 19th century theatre such as realism, naturalism, melodrama, panto, and spectacle, and playwrights like Ibsen and Chekhov. The second half of the session will focus on Hedda Gabler.
Week 4 (Fri 27 March) – Early 20th-century practitioners with Clare Finburgh Delijani.
Looking at practitioners including Jarry, Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud. The second half of the session will focus on Brecht's Mother Courage.
Week 5 (Fri 3 April) – 1950s to today with Dan Rebellato.
Covering British theatre from the 1950s to present day, including writers such as Harold Pinter, David Hare, Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane. 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)