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Shakespeare in Company

Blacks Club - 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH

With Dr Bart Van Es from St Catherine’s College, Oxford University

from 6.30pm on Tuesday 25 September 2018

The plays of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest cultural achievements of mankind, did not emerge in a vacuum. Nor were they the product of an artist working alone at his desk. They emerged from a dynamic and innovative artistic company which brought Shakespeare together with some of the greatest actors and theatre promoters of his or any other age. The original Globe Theatre company was structured in an unusual way and effected some important changes in the market for theatre between 1592-1614. The picture that emerges is not just of Shakespeare as a uniquely talented playwright but also of the company as an extraordinarily successful business model for the arts.

Bart Van Es is a leading Shakespearean scholar and author of the book Shakespeare & Company, which describes the innovative role of the original Globe Theatre company in the creation and public success of the plays. As well as casting a fascinating new light on the collegiate way in which Shakespeare worked with his fellow actors and producers, the books also raises some interesting questions about how to encourage a dynamic and resilient arts sector in the 21st century, and on how to make money from great art, one of the key themes in the work of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation.

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th September at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH. The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.

Space at the event is strictly limited. RSVP in advance to to reserve a place, indicating whether or not you are a Member of Blacks.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.