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London Shakespeare Seminar

The London Shakespeare Seminar, which has been active for over a decade, seeks to showcase work in progress in the study of Shakespeare and early modern theatre, offering an environment which is open, welcoming, critically rigorous and expressive of the contemporary state of play in our field. We welcome everyone engaged with the field from student to professor –anyone with an interest in the critical study of Shakespeare and early modern drama from across the UK and beyond. Our speakers are a blend of established and junior researchers from UK and non-UK institutions: we try whenever possible to invite non-UK-based speakers as and when we learn they are passing through London. All are welcome – not only to the seminar but also to the socialising that follows.

Mondays, 17:15
Hannah Crawforth, John Lavagnino, Sarah Lewis, Gordon McMullan, Sonia Massai, Lucy Munro, Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Daniel Smith and Ann Thompson (King’s College London), Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe/King’s College London), Clare McManus (University of Roehampton), Eric Langley (UCL), Gillian Woods (Birkbeck, University of London), Jennifer Young (University of Greenwich), Iman Sheeha (Brunel, University of London), Abi Shinn (Goldsmiths, University of London)

In 2021-22 we will host a special season of events devoted to Shakespeare’s Poems. These will take place mainly online, but we hope to include an in-person, more sociable, gathering in early December. Please contact Hannah Crawforth ( and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (, co-convenors of the series, with any queries.


Seminar speakers have included the following: David Armitage, David Bergeron, Philip Bird, Tom Bird, Mark Thornton Burnett, Sandra Clark, Katharine Craik, Brian Cummings, Rose Dixon, Michael Dobson, Jeff Dolven, Lukas Erne, Bridget Escombe, Ewan Fernie, Brett Gamboa, Suzanne Gossett, Margreta de Grazia, Helen Hackett, Jonathan Gil Harris, Margaret Healy, Katherine Hennessey, Peter Holbrook, Jonathan Hope, Peter Holland, Jonathan Holmes, Alice Hunt, Russell Jackson, Farah Karim-Cooper, Paulina Kewes, Jeffrey Knapp, James Knowles, Roslyn L. Knutson, Eric Langley, Douglas Lanier, John Lavagnino, Darian Leader, John Lee, Zachary Lesser, Sarah Lewis, Jerzy Limon, Ania Loomba, Russ McDonald, Ellen Mackay, Gerald Maclean, Clare McManus, Gordon McMullan, Laurie Maguire, Gail Marshall, Madhavi Menon, Alfredo Modenessi, Femke Molekamp, Joe Moshenska, Steven Mullaney, Lucy Munro, Fionnuala O’Neill, Lena Cowen Orlin, Reiko Oya, Joanne Paul, Amanda Piesse, Arne Pohmeier, Chloe Porter, Lois Potter, Laurence Publicover, Eric Rasmussen, Abigail Rokison, Kate Rumbold, David Schalkwyk, Sabine Schülting, Philip Schwyzer, Charlotte Scott, Alison Shell, Emily Sherwood, Michael Silk, Stuart Sillars, Quentin Skinner, Emma Smith, Simon Smith, Kelly Stage, Tiffany Stern, Preti Taneja, Gary Taylor, Ann Thompson, Alison Thorne, Evelyn Tribble, Katherine Schaap Williams, Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Bart Van Es, Robert N. Watson, Rene Weis, Michael Witmore, Gillian Woods, Paul Yachnin, Jennifer Young, Tamara Atkin, Alexandra Bassey, Susan Bennett, Andrea Brady, Koel Chatterjee, Warren Chernaik, Neka de Costa, Line Cottegnies, Hannah Crawforth, Callan Davies, Matthew Dimmock, Gabriel Egan, Alison Findlay, Marjorie Garber, Adam Hansen, Tracey Hill, Sarah Howe, Lorna Hutson, Jesse Lander, Clare McManus, Alfredo Michel Modenessi, Andrew Murphy, Harry Newman, Claudia Olk, Sarah Pett, Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Liam Semler, Laura Seymour, Abigail Shinn, Christina Wald, Clare Whitehead, Clare Wright, Andrea Stevens, Jennifer Richards, Todd Borlik, Rebecca Ann Bach, Erika Lin, Noemie Ndiaye, Simone Chess, Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Claire Bourne, Emma Depledge, Ian Smith, Carol Mejia-LaPerle, Kristine Johanson, J. K. Barret.

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Venus and Adonis performed at Shakespeare's Globe as part of the Globe to Globe Festival in 2012. Performed by the Isango Ensemble in South African languages. Photo credit: Ellie Kurrttz.