The World of William Shakespeare
Lecturer: Nicole Mezey
Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V, Am Sandtorkai 48, 20457 Hamburg
(Please note that the entrance to the Amerikazentrum is at the back of the building, not the entrance on Sandtorkai)
Conjectural reconstruction of the Globe theatre
By C. Walter Hodges based on archeological and documentary evidence
The 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare in 1616 gives us the opportunity to look at his visual and material world. What was the experience of a boy from a small Warwickshire village moving to the plots, the intrigue, the mix of glamour, fear and squalor that was contemporary London? This is an age of portraits and playbills, plots and parades, of theatres and timber frame, of a Virgin Queen and an anti-smoking, witch-hunting king – while little survives that can be associated with Shakespeare personally, this talk examines the visual and social changes which shaped him.
Nicole studied Art History at the Universities of Sussex, York and Paris. She was Senior Lecturer at Queen's University until 2009, working primarily with adults, managing and teaching on both the Part-Time degree and Extra-Mural programmes and conducting annual, international study tours. She also established the Department of Art History, the first in the north of Ireland. Nicole now lives in central London and is a freelance lecturer, working for organisations including National Museums, the National Trust, Queen's University and private cultural bodies. She is a guide lecturer for tours and will shortly embark on her second lecture tour of NADFAS societies in New Zealand and ADFAS in Australia. Her publications focus on adult education and the arts.
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