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Public lecture explores Shakespeare’s Globe and its audiences

Posted on 9 May 2013

The University of York is hosting a public lecture on Shakespeare’s Globe and the role of the audience as part of a series of events commemorating 50 years of Education at York.

The lecture by Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe Education, on Wednesday, 15 May, is part of a year-long calendar of activities organised by York’s Department of Education to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

Patrick Spottiswoode, who joined Shakespeare’s Globe in 1984 and became founding Director of Globe Education in 1989, will explore how the theatre’s architecture is shedding new light on the role of the audience, and how this is inspiring Globe Education’s work on and off stage.

Over the years, Globe Education has helped thousands of children, young adults and adults understand and enjoy Shakespeare

Professor Judith Bennett

Professor Judith Bennett, Head of York’s Department of Education, said: "The Globe theatre is at the forefront of educating the public about Shakespeare, by working with children, teachers, schools, families and communities. Over the years, Globe Education has helped thousands of children, young adults and adults understand and enjoy Shakespeare.

“We are very pleased to welcome Patrick Spottiswoode and look forward to hearing about Globe Education's excellent work with children and schools."

Globe Education works with over 100,000 people of all ages and nationalities every year. In 1995, Patrick Spottiswoode initiated Read Not Dead, a 30 year project to stage and record readings with professional casts of all surviving English plays written between 1567 and 1642.

In 2000, he oversaw the creation of the first of two Globe/King’s College London Masters. Globe Education now offers undergraduate courses, MA modules and conservatory acting programmes for over 800 students every year.

He has also curated a range of education seasons with events throughout the year and in 2006 established the Sam Wanamaker Festival which annually involves every accredited British drama school.

The Shakespeare lecture is just one of a series of events this year to celebrate the achievements of York’s Department of Education over the past 50 years and to provide members of the public with an opportunity to find out more about the work going on in the field of education.

The lecture ‘Shakespeare’s Globe in light of its audiences’ is at the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, on Wednesday, 15 May at 6.30pm. It will be preceded by a wine reception at 6pm. Admission is by free ticket only. Please visit or call 01904 324778.

For information on other Department of Education 50th Anniversary events, visit

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