16 – 24 March 2016: Martin Butler, Professor at the School of English, University of Leeds
Professor Butler, in ‘Shakespeare on Film’, explored how cinema has been increasingly important in making Shakespeare visible as a global figure with audiences in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Showcasing and discussing recent films such as 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Henry V', Professor Butler asked what they tell us about the interpretation and meaning of Shakespeare today. What happens to Shakespeare's plays when they move out of the theatre and into the cinema? And what does it mean for British spectators when Shakespeare's plays are reworked for an international audience?