stf Theatre | Adult Education
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Adult Education

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) & the University of Bristol

Interpreting Shakespeare

Interpreting Shakespeare encourages you to deepen your understanding of Shakespeare by exploring the texts with a leading Shakespeare director and one of his company, using theatrical as well as academic techniques of interpretation. This is not an actors’ workshop but is designed exclusively for Shakespeare’s adult readers and audience …

Following two successful courses – on MACBETH and KING LEAR – stf’s Founder, Andrew Hilton, will conduct a course on

The Winter’s Tale

at the University on six Wednesday evenings, 6.00 – 9.00

from 26th September to 31st October 2018

Prior to the first class, participants will be required to read the play and Shakespeare’s main source, Robert Geene’s Pandosto (available to download from the stf website), and possibly other background material. The class will read the play out loud, scene by scene, analysing it in great detail. Andrew and an actor from his company will also experiment with alternative interpretations of key moments.

An A4 text of the play will be sent to you (postal address, please), but you are encouraged to bring along any published versions you own.

There will be a short midway break in each 3-hour session.

Response to the Macbeth sessions:

“what I hoped, and was looking for … to study the play from the point of view of an experienced theatre director … extremely worthwhile … exceptional value … a privilege …  insightful and more revealing as time went on … excellent”

and to King Lear

“I learnt so much. The  course, content and organisation were all excellent … insights that could only be achieved in this sort of setting … a hugely informative and enjoyable course, facilitated by a skilled and knowledgeable tutor and organiser”

Cost:  £300 per student

To reserve a place, or for further details email Valentine Jackson:

Please note: the course is limited to a maximum of 18 students and a minimum of 15

Andrew Hilton
founded Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory in 1999 and remained its Artistic Director until last year. He has had a 45 year career as an actor and director after studying English at Cambridge University. His Shakespeare productions have been repeatedly praised in the national press for their clarity and intelligence. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt by the University of Bristol for his services to theatre in the city.