A special performance of the new original score by Robin Harris for Sven Garde’s 1920 production of Hamlet, one of the most absorbing and innovative Shakespearean film adaptations of the silent period.

Danish diva Asta Nielsen stars with a powerful, alluring performance as the Prince of Denmark. Born a girl but brought up as a boy, she discovers the truth about Claudius and her mother the Queen and seeks to avenge her Father’s death.

With live musical accompaniment by Robin Harris and Laura Anstee.

Germany 1920 Dir Sven Garde

Commissioned by the Société Française Shakespeare for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.


Le programme 2016: A YEAR WITH SHAKESPEARE! est organisé tout au long de l’année 2016 à Montpellier et dans sa région, par l’IRCL, Institut de recherche sur la Renaissance, l’âge Classique et les Lumières (UMR5186 CNRS, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3), sous les auspices de la Société Française Shakespeare, à l’occasion du quadricentenaire de la mort du dramaturge.


Colloque co-organisé par P. Drouet (FORELL) et P. Grosos (MAPP)
Avec le parrainage de la Société Française Shakespeare

Lieu : Hôtel Berthelot, salle Crozet.
Université de Poitiers, Sciences Humaines et Arts,
24 rue de la Chaîne, Poitiers.

Avec la participation des étudiants du Conservatoire de Poitiers pour mise en voix de textes de Shakespeare traduits par Yves Bonnefoy, dir. Agnès DELUME, en présence du traducteur.
Avec la participation du poète, traducteur et essayiste Yves BONNEFOY (exposé et discussion).
Avec la participation de Paul A. KOTMANN, directeur de l’ouvrage collectif sur Philosophers on Shakespeare (conférence).


This two-part international conference taking place first in Strasbourg (May 19th-21st 2016) and then in Paris (May 2017), will focus on the evolution of English poetry over the early modern period. It will deal with aspects related to form and genre, but also with the material dimension of poems as commodities and the different modes of their circulation, across national borders through embassies and translations. As Nikolaus Pevsner defined the “Englishness” of English art (and more specifically architecture) from its mixed quality, we will try to determine if a specifically English way of thinking of and practicing poetry emerges in the Tudor-Stuart era.


Throughout 2016, the London Shakespeare Centre will present talks, debates, performances, film screenings and much more, as part of Shakespeare 400, a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London, together creating a season of events during 2016 to celebrate four hundred years of Shakespeare.

3 February – 29 May
By Me William Shakespeare
An exhibition, co-curated by The National Archives and the London Shakespeare Centre at King’s, exploring what Shakespeare’s will and other unique documents tell us about Shakespeare.
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 February 2016
King’s Shakespeare Festival Weekend

Thursday 11 February, 19.00-20.30
On Shakespeare’s Sonnets – A Poets’ Celebration
An evening to celebrate the publication of the anthology, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration, edited by Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, with poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Muldoon, Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott and many others.
Great Hall, King’s Building, Strand Campus

Thursday 11 February, 20.30-21.30
A Celebration of Shakespeare in 20th Century Music
Ashley Riches (baritone) and Emma Abbate (piano) perform a selection of Shakespeare songs.
Strand Campus

Friday 12 February, 17.00-18.00
Remembering and forgetting in 1916: the Shakespeare Tercentenary and the First World War
A lecture by Professor Gordon McMullan, Director of the London Shakespeare Centre
Strand Campus

Friday 12 February, 18.00-19.00
Digital Shakespeare
In this talk Jonathan Hope, Professor of Literary Linguistics at Strathclyde University, explores how simple digital techniques can confirm, and challenge, things we think we know about Shakespeare, through analysis of the texts.
Strand Campus

Friday 12 February, 19.30-20.30
The Year of Shakespeare: The Writing Life
A Q&A with renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, in conversation with Gordon McMullan
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 13.00-15.00
Domestic Shakespeare: Lecture and Performance Workshop
A lecture by Lena Cowen Orlin, on ‘The Second-Best Bed’ followed by an exploration by professional actors and King’s academics of the glimpses we see of Shakespeare’s life through the brief records he left behind.
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 15.00-16.00
Still Shakespeare: Artists’ Short Animations
A presentation of five artists’ short animated films, in development, inspired by Shakespeare’s mst famous plays. Presented by Film London
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 16.00-17.00
Making Hamlet New
Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor describe the critical reception their original edition provoked. Their talk will be illustrated by actors performing excerpts from the play in its various texts.
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 17.00-18.30
States of mind: Tom O’Bedlam and Early Modern Attitudes to Mental Health
A multidisciplinary reflection on the character Tom O’Bedlam in song, history and lived experience.
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 19.00-20.00
Marjorie Garber: Desperately Seeking Shakespeare
Acclaimed Shakespeare scholar Marjorie Garber talks about the quest to find something about Shakespeare that would explain his astonishing accomplishment.
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 20.00-21.00
‘I love a ballad’ – Shakespeare Songs in the 19th Century
An evening of song and scholarship with Oskar Cox Jensen.
Council Room, Strand Campus

Sunday 14 February, 15.00-17.00
Shakespeare’s Sister Performance
A staged reading of a new play by Emma Whipday imagining the problems that would face a woman playwright in Shakespeare’s London, marking publication of the play by Samuel French.
Strand Campus

Sunday 14 February, 18.00-19.00
David Scott Kastan: Shakespeare’s Will
A lecture by renowned Shakespearean and Yale Professor Kastan reflecting on the materials in the ‘By Me William Shakespeare’ exhibition.
Strand Campus

Sunday 14 February, 19.30-21.00
Simon Russell Beale in Conversation
Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale in conversation with Sonia Massai
Strand Campus
Beyond the Festival

February-May 2016 (open during campus hours)
Shakespeare in 1916
Entrance Hall Cabinets, Strand campus
This exhibition highlights how Shakespeare was remembered in 1916 and how he was studied, including materials from the SKeat and Furnival collections.

Friday 26 February, 18.00-20.30
In Nature’s Mystery More Science: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’
Lucas Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
The Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences presents a screening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (inspired by Hamlet) with a post-screening talk, exploring science in Shakespeare.
Currently open to KCL staff and students.

Friday 11- Saturday 12 March 2016
Beaumont400 Conference and Performance
Friday 11 – Saturday 12 March
Beaumont400 Conference
Edward J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus

Saturday 12 March, 19.30-21.30
A performance of The Woman Hater
Chapel, Strand Campus

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 18.00
Shakespeare and the Law Moot
Inner Temple
Bear witness to a mock Shakespearean court case, as students of the Law School at King’s present their arguments. Arbitrators will be Lord Judge, Lady Justice Arden and Dean David Caron.
Cost: £15 (free to KCL students) – book via our estore

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 18.00-20.30
In Nature’s Mystery More Science: ‘Forbidden Planet’
Lucas Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
The Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences presents a screening of Forbidden Planet (based on the Tempest) with a post screening talk, exploring science in Shakespeare..
Currently open to KCL staff and students.

Saturday 16 April 2016
Shakespeare’s Musical Brain Conference
Great Hall, Strand Campus

Spring 2016
Brazilian Ensemble Performance: “Canções Cortesãs”
Three songs and a melologue for soprano and string orchestra – on Shakespeare sonnets.
Strand Campus

Thursday 16 June – Saturday 24 September 2016
(Monday – Friday, 9.30-17.00, Saturday 10.00-18.00)
‘The very age and body of the time’: Shakespeare’s world
Weston Room, Maughan Library, Chancery Lane
Exhibition of archive material looking at different aspects of Shakespeare’s world, including Shakespeare’s London, the New World, Medicine and Religion.

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 July 2016
1616 – The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare
Transatlantyk2 present their acclaimed new one-man play, which dramatically recreates Shakespeare’s, life, loves and works.
Greenwood Theatre, Guy’s Campus

Sunday 31 July – Saturday 6 August
World Shakespeare Congress: Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare
The 2016 World Shakespeare Congress – four hundred years after the playwright’s death – will celebrate Shakespeare’s memory and the global cultural legacy of his works.
Stratford-upon-Avon and London


Dans le cadre de l’anniversaire de la mort de William Skakespeare – 1916 – 2016.

Conférence à deux voix avec Sarah Hatchuel (Présidente de l’association Française Shakespeare et directrice du laboratoire GRIC à l’université du Havre) et Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (Vice-présidente de la Société Française Shakespeare, directrice de l’IRCL, UMR 5186 CNRS/Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3).

Cette conférence traversera le temps et évoquera différentes adaptations des pièces de Shakespeare, des plus anciennes au plus contemporaines, et reviendra sur ce dramaturge qui est l’un des plus portés à l’écran et ceci dans de nombreux genres cinématographiques.


Texte d’après Henri V, Henri VI et Richard III de William Shakespeare
Mise en scène Ivo van Hove
Traduction Rob Klinkenberg
Adaptation Bart van den Eynde
Adaptation et dramaturgie Peter van Kraaij
Scénographie, lumières Jan Versweyveld
Compositeur Eric Sleichim
Vidéo Tal Yarden
Costumes An D’Huys

Avec Kitty Courbois, Hélène Devos, Fred Goessens, Janni Goslinga, Aus Greidanus jr., Robert de Hoog, Hans Kesting, Hugo Koolschijn, Ramsey Nasr, Chris Nietvelt, Alwin Pulinckx, Bart Slegers, Eelco Smits, Harm Duco Schut (comédiens), Steve Dugardin (contre-ténor), BL!NDMAN [brass] : Konstantin Koev, Daniel Quiles Cascant, Daniel Ruibal Ortigueira, Alain Pire, Max Van den Brand, Charlotte Van Passen,

Production Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Coproduction Barbican – Londres / Théâtre National de Chaillot / Wiener Festwochen – Vienne / BL!NDMAN – Bruxelles / Holland Festival – Amsterdam / Muziektheater Transparant – Anvers

Avec le soutien de Rabobank Amsterdam
Producteur privé Harry et Marijke van den Bergh

Avec l’aide du Fonds Podium Kunsten – Performing Arts Fund


Thursday 21 January 2016

9h00 Doors open

9h20 Opening remarks

Romantic Shakespeare (I)

Chair: Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Université de Picardie)

9h30 Shakespeare vivant ? Romantisme pas mort ! « Gilles » Shakespeare, ange tutélaire et figure identificatoire de Victor Hugo
Florence Naugrette, Université Paris-Sorbonne

10h00 Hamlet de Talma à Mounet-Sully : « une ressemblance immortelle »
Isabelle Schwartz-Gastine, Université de Caen

10h30 Pause

Shakespeare in Performance

Chair: Florence March (Université Montpellier 3 Paul-Valéry)

11h00 Round-table with members of Cheek by Jowl performing The Winter’s Tale at the Théâtre des Gémeaux (with Marcus Roche, Assistant director, and members of the cast)
12h00 Lunch

13h30 The Tokyo Globe: then and now
Rosie Fielding, Shakespeare Institute (UK)
Romantic Shakespeare (II)

Chair: Michèle Willems (Université de Rouen)

14h00 Shakespeare et la France au XIXe siècle
Louis-Antoine Prat, Musée du Louvre

14h30 Pause

15h00 Shakespeare et la notion de modèle à l’époque romantique en France
Catherine Treilhou-Balaudé, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle

15h30 Un poète, une muse, un Falstaff : Le Songe d’une nuit d’été d’Ambroise Thomas ou Shakespeare devenu personnage du théâtre lyrique romantique
Valérie Courel, Université du Havre

16h00 Pause

Shakespeare and TV Series

Chair: Pierre Kapitaniak (Université Paris 8)

16h15 ‘Loosely based on Shakespeare’: Shakespeare after Shakespeare in drama television series
Sylvaine Bataille, Université de Rouen

16h45 Shakespearean Appropriations in Hannibal and its Internet Fandom
Laura Campillo Arnaiz, University of Murcia (Spain)

Performance: The Winter’s Tale
20h45 The Winter’s Tale, directed by Cheek by Jowl / Declan Donnellan
Les Gémeaux (Sceaux)
(In English, with French subtitles.)
Members of the Société Française Shakespeare can purchase reduced fare tickets.

Friday 22 January 2016

Shakespeare: Transmission and Evolution

Chair: François Laroque (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle)

9h45 Memorizing Shakespeare
Karen Newman, Brown University (États-Unis)

10h15 Shakespeare Transformed: Copyright, Copyleft, and Shakespeare After Shakespeare
Sujata Iyengar, University of Georgia (États-Unis)

10h45 Pause

11h00 In Memoriam – Robert Ellrodt

11h30 Pause

Illustrated Shakespeare

Chair: Chantal Schütz (Ecole Polytechnique / Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle)

11h45 L’avènement d’une iconographie shakespearienne en France : le cas des premières éditions illustrées au XIXe siècle
Manon Montier, Université de Rouen

12h15 Lunch

14h15 Unfixed fixity from stage to page: illustrating Shakespeare in Classics Illustrated and contemporary manga editions
Brigitte Friant-Kessler, Université de Valenciennes

14h45 Pause

Hamlet’s Transformations

Chair: Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris-Diderot)

15h00 What Did Hamlet (Not) Do to Offend Stalin?
Michelle Assay, University of Sheffield (UK) / Université Paris-Sorbonne

15h30 All on Black: From the Trenches to The Gambler
Clara Calvo, University of Murcia (Spain)

16h00 Pause

Shakespeare on Screen

Chair: Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

16h15 Where’s Willie? Looking for Shakespeare in Cesare deve morire
Patrick Hart, Bilkent University (Turkey)

Performance: Richard III
19h30 Richard III, directed by Thomas Jolly / La Piccola Familia
Théâtre de l’Odéon (Paris)
In French, without subtitles. Members of the Société Française Shakespeare can purchase reduced fare tickets.

Saturday 23 January 2016

9h15 General Assembly of the Société Française Shakespeare (open to all members)

12h15 Lunch

Chair: Line Cottegnies (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle) and Jean-Michel Déprats (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)

13h30 Round-table with actor and director Thomas Jolly on Richard III, performed at the Théâtre de l’Odéon

Rereading the Sonnets

Chair: Christine Sukic (Université de Reims)

15h00 Jouissance et simultanéité. Attoucher les sonnets de Shakespeare
Michel Métayer, directeur de l’École des Beaux-arts de Toulouse

15h30 Zombie Shakespeare
Stephen Guy-Bray, University of British Columbia (Canada)

16h00 Pause

Shakespeare and Internet

Chair: Pascale Drouet (Université de Poitiers)

16h15 « Shakespeare en stream sur ton ordi » titre Libération : les nouvelles adaptations et appropriations de Shakespeare au XXIe siècle
Annick Batard, Université Paris 13

16h45 Alien Shakespeares 2.0
Christy Desmet, University of Georgia (USA)

17h15 Vlogging the Bard: Social Media, Serialization, Shakespeare
Douglas M. Lanier, University of New Hampshire (USA)

Closing musical reception

18h Closing remarks and reception with a musical accompaniment including old and new Shakespeare-inspired tunes, with musician David C. Kendall (USA/France)


Convenors : Guillaume Winter (Université d’Artois), Vincent Roger (Institut Catholique de Lille), Julie Assouly (Université d’Artois).

Symposium organized by Textes & Cultures (Université d’Artois, EA 4028) and Laboratoire Pluridisciplinaire des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (Institut Catholique de Lille), under the aegis of the Société Française Shakespeare.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Sarah Hatchuel (Université du Havre) and Prof. Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier)

Prof. Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is more alive than ever. In a globalized marketplace, his works reach new audiences every day through online media that have become innovative places of creation and adaptation (O’Neill, Shakespeare and Youtube). The Bard has long since been the object of illustrations and transpositions, but it seems that the appropriation of his poems and plays by popular culture has taken a new turn over the last forty years, from cameo appearances of characters and famous lines to full rewritings or parodies for a pop-culture-conscious audience (Doescher, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars). The man behind the plays has left the world of Bardolatry once associated with ‘high’ culture to become a pop icon, transfigured into a hip character with his own Twitter and Facebook accounts. But just how relevant are contemporary popular adaptations and avatars to the reception and interpretation of the poet? Do they contribute to a new understanding of Shakespeare, or do they merely testify to the ever-growing commodification of his works, and of the writer as a public persona? With the new millennium came fresh appraisals of Shakespeare’s place in our modern age (Burt ed., Shakespeare after Mass Media). This conference will be the opportunity to question the validity of Shakespeare as a popular commodity and the status of the texts in recent adaptations and transpositions.



Texte : Olivier Kemeid, d’après les pièces historiques de Shakespeare Richard II, Henri IV, Henri V, Henri VI et Richard III

Mise en scène : Frédéric Dubois

Avec : Olivier Coyette, Jean-Marc Dalpé, Patrice Dubois, Hugues Frenette, Jonathan Gagnon, Gauthier Jansen, Park Krausen, Louise Laprade, Marie-Laurence Moreau, Étienne Pilon, Isabelle Roy, Vlace Samar, Emmanuel Schwartz

76 ans après que le cinéaste Orson Welles a initié, puis abandonné, son projet Five Kings, 6 coproducteurs s’en inspirent, s’approprient le « cycle des rois » et proposent un spectacle inusité, composé d’œuvres rarement assemblées, de Richard II à Richard III en passant par Henri IV, V et VI.

Après s’être attaqué au mythe d’Icare et à l’Éneide, l’auteur québécois Olivier Kemeid trempe son arme dans l’encrier et transporte les rois moyenâgeux au cœur de notre histoire politique et sociale récente. De 1960 à 2015, les cinq dernières décennies forment le plateau de leurs règnes où se dressent la beauté des utopies et la terreur des ambitieux.

Un événement théâtral d’envergure qui plonge cette nouvelle adaptation de pièces historiques de Shakespeare dans le bain de notre modernité.

34 personnages et 13 acteurs
Durée : 5 heures entractes inclus

Du 19 au 23 avril
Théâtre de Poche
1a, Chemin du Gymnase
1000 Bruxelles
Tél. : 02/ 649.17.27

Une création du Théâtre Petit à Petit, du Théâtre des Fonds de Tiroirs et de Trois Tristes Tigres, en coproduction avec le Centre National des Arts à Ottawa et le Théâtre de Poche de Bruxelles