KiSS: Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses

'Choosing of the Roses' by Henry Payne, 1908.

‘Choosing of the Roses’ by Henry Payne, 1908.

Starting our ‘Shakespeare and Sovereignty’ series is a panel of esteemed academics: Alison Findlay (Lancaster University), Michael Hattaway (University of Sheffield), and Graham Holderness (University of Hertfordshire). They will be discussing Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses.

The event will take place at the Gallery in The Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, a short train ride from Waterloo. We begin at 5 pm with refreshments served as usual. Here are directions.

On 7.30 pm that evening there is also a performance of Henry VI, the first part of Trevor Nunn’s The Wars of The Roses (bookings) and the Rose Theatre also has an exhibition of John Link’s painting entitled ‘Much Ado About Love‘.

See also the Facebook event.

Alison Findlay ProfileAlison Findlay is a Professor at the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Her specialist interests are in Shakespearean drama and women’s writing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is the author of Illegitimate Power: Bastards in Renaissance Drama (1994) and A Feminist Perspective on Renaissance Drama (1999), a book which uses women’s writing to analyse mainstream drama by men. She has published numerous essays and articles on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and reviewed books on Shakespeare’s life, times and stage for Shakespeare Survey. She is co-author of Women and Dramatic Production 1550-1700 (2000), and Playing Spaces in Early Women’s Drama (2006). Check out her profile for more information.

Michael Hattaway profileMichael Hattaway is Professor Emeritus of English Literature in the University of Sheffield. He was born in New Zealand and studied in Wellington and at Cambridge. He also taught at the Universities of Wellington, Kent at Canterbury, British Columbia, and Massachusetts at Amherst. Author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre (1982), Hamlet: The Critics Debate(1987), and Renaissance and Reformations: An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature (2005); editor of As You Like It, and 1-3 Henry VI (New Cambridge Shakespeare), of plays by Ben Jonson and Francis Beaumont, and of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays (2002), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (1990 and 2003) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (1994). He has written an electronic book on King Richard II (2008) and edited a New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture (2 vols, 2010). In 2010 he gave the 100th Annual Shakespeare Lecture for the British Academy.

Graham_HoldernessGraham Holderness has taught at the universities of Oxford, Swansea, Roehampton and Hertfordshire. Most of his 40 published books focus on Shakespeare, with particular interests in Shakespeare’s history plays, Shakespeare and the media, Shakespeare editing, Shakespeare and contemporary culture and transnational Shakespeare. Recent publications include Shakespeare in Venice (2009) and the innovative new biography Nine Lives of William Shakespeare (2011). He is also a novelist, poet, and dramatist, with the most recent book, Deep and Black Desires: William Shakespeare Vampire Hunter, is just published – check your local bookshop! You can also listen to his talk at KiSS last Spring here.


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3 Responses to KiSS: Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses

  1. What date is the talk?


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