Theatre Scholars Discuss Shakespeare’s Theaters

March 12, 2003

The Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance is sponsoring lectures by two Shakespeare experts this month.

Andrew Gurr, professor emeritus of English at the University of Reading, England, and former chair of Globe Research at the London Globe Theatre, will discuss Elizabethan theatres March 18 at 7 p.m. at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. Gurr consulted with Shenandoah Shakespeare during the planning of Blackfriars, the only authentic re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Globe in London. He has written extensively about the design, archaeology, and sociology of the London theatres in Shakespeare’s time.

Franklin J. Hildy, an international authority on theatres of the Renaissance and director of the Shakespeare Globe Center (USA) Research Archive, will speak March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Hunt Lounge in Hunt Dining Hall at Mary Baldwin. His topic: "The Contemporary Context of Shakespeare’s Theatre. " Hildy is professor of theatre at the University of Maryland.

Mary Baldwin University, in partnership with Shenandoah Shakespeare, offers the degree of Master of Letters (M.Litt.), leading to the degree of Master of Fine Arts (MFA), in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance.