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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the Summer Programme 2022.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

Shakespeare stole from many books but also from living theatre, especially Venetian commedia dell’arte. This course looks at what he took from it, including such character types as the braggart soldier and pedant, and traces what happened when he let some of those comedic figures loose in tragedic worlds. Texts: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, King Lear.


Course dates

31 Jul 2022 to 06 Aug 2022

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

26 Jun 2022

Course director


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code