The Characters Of William Shakespeare: Star-Crossed Lovers with Charlotte Moore

The Characters Of William Shakespeare: Star-Crossed Lovers with Charlotte Moore


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The characters from Shakespeare's plays are a vital and vibrant part of our shared heritage. Juliet, Falstaff, Shylock, Caliban, and a host of imaginary beings created more than four centuries ago still live and breathe, on the stage, on the page, on the screen, and in our imaginations. They entertain, enthrall, frighten, shock; they pose ethical dilemmas, ask important questions, move us to laughter or to tears. In this four-part series, Charlotte Moore investigates the ingredients that make up this rich literary feast.

Each of the four Conversations in this series will concentrate on a different group of characters - Lovers; Heroes and Villains; Fools, Clowns, and Jesters; and Magic and Supernatural Beings. Charlotte will discuss the chosen characters in terms of how they are presented within each play, the sources of inspiration on which Shakespeare drew in creating them, and their "afterlife"- the way in which they have entered and influenced our collective cultural imaginations. She will consider Shakespeare's own life and times, and the conditions under which the plays were created. External factors such as politics, religion, monarchy, war, plague, censorship, and social traditions and conventions all played their part in shaping Shakespeare's work; so, too, did the physical facts of theatre construction, staging, costumes, and props. Perhaps most important of all were the demands and expectations of the audience. Shakespeare was at the forefront of a group of playwrights working to satisfy the growing theatrical appetites of a huge number of people spanning every social class, from the "groundlings" who paid a penny for a standing place in front of the stage, to Queen Elizabeth herself, who understood and appreciated this extraordinary blossoming of theatrical talent. Charlotte will analyze how all these factors combined to make Shakespeare the greatest-ever creator of characters.

The chosen characters cover as wide a range of plays as possible, spanning Shakespeare's twenty-year career. Charlotte will be discussing comedy, tragedy and history plays, from the most famous of all to the slightly less well known. Ahead of time, participants will receive short extracts from the scenes she will be discussing.

This session will focus on Shakespeare’s lovers: Romeo and Juliet; Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing; Antony and Cleopatra; Perdita and Florizel from The Winter's Tale.

Led by a writer and expert on English literature, Charlotte Moore, this interactive seminar will explore the iconic characters from William Shakespeare’s classic works. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how Shakespeare’s archetypes shaped his work and earned him his place in the canon of literature.

This conversation is part of a 4-part series with Charlotte Moore. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the four-week series.

Charlotte Moore has loved poetry ever since she can remember. After reading English Literature at Oxford University, she taught in schools before becoming a writer and journalist. She has published four novels, four historical books for children, George and Sam, a memoir of family life with her autistic sons, and Hancox: A House and a Family, a social history based on her 500-year-old house in rural Sussex, England. Her most recent book is The Magic Hour: 100 Poems From The Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club, an anthology based on the poetry discussion group she runs. She has written widely for newspapers and magazines. She is an experienced speaker at conferences and literary festivals.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Elaine (Dallas, US)
Delightful!

Charlotte's presentation was so enjoyable, especially her self-described ritual of starting the talk with a bouquet of lowers from her garden that have meaning to the plays she was going to discuss. I am sorry to have missed signing up for the other three Shakespeare topics in this series.

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Anonymous (Milwaukee, US)

Moore is very knowledgeable and presents the information clearly. Her choice of texts is spot on for each lecture, and her delivery is engaginhg.

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
Star crossed lovers

The experience was more than I antisipated! Charlotte Moore woke me up to "Much Ado About Nothing" . I can't wait to pay attention to it. She also has made me look at a "winters Tale". I have it as a beautiful Ballet by the Royal Ballet. And of course "Romeo and Juliet " I can never get enough of. I own several of the Ballets and the play is a favorite. But hearing her read from parts of these plays was wonderful! Thank you dear Dr. Moore!

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Bati Patel (Mission Viejo, US)
Excellent Lecture

Loved the talk! Very knowledgeable, articulate, and a pleasure to listen to her lecture. (And that AWESOME British accent!)

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Cheryl (Maintal, DE)
Very enjoyable

I found this a very thoughtful and enjoyable conversation. It was a very good introduction to four of his plays. She made the plays come alive, and also told us some very interesting things about Shakespeare himself.

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Elaine (Dallas, US)
Delightful!

Charlotte's presentation was so enjoyable, especially her self-described ritual of starting the talk with a bouquet of lowers from her garden that have meaning to the plays she was going to discuss. I am sorry to have missed signing up for the other three Shakespeare topics in this series.

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Anonymous (Milwaukee, US)

Moore is very knowledgeable and presents the information clearly. Her choice of texts is spot on for each lecture, and her delivery is engaginhg.

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
Star crossed lovers

The experience was more than I antisipated! Charlotte Moore woke me up to "Much Ado About Nothing" . I can't wait to pay attention to it. She also has made me look at a "winters Tale". I have it as a beautiful Ballet by the Royal Ballet. And of course "Romeo and Juliet " I can never get enough of. I own several of the Ballets and the play is a favorite. But hearing her read from parts of these plays was wonderful! Thank you dear Dr. Moore!

B
Bati Patel (Mission Viejo, US)
Excellent Lecture

Loved the talk! Very knowledgeable, articulate, and a pleasure to listen to her lecture. (And that AWESOME British accent!)

C
Cheryl (Maintal, DE)
Very enjoyable

I found this a very thoughtful and enjoyable conversation. It was a very good introduction to four of his plays. She made the plays come alive, and also told us some very interesting things about Shakespeare himself.