Shakespeare and His World: Free Shakespeare Course Starts Today, During the 400th Anniversary of the Bard’s Death

Coin­cid­ing with the 400th anniver­sary of Shakespeare’s death, the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­wick (locat­ed just 16 miles from Shakespeare’s home­town of Strat­ford-Upon-Avon) has teamed up  with the Shake­speare Birth­place Trust to run a free 10-week online course start­ing on April 18th. The course explores not only the great writer’s work, but his world too — you might even say it’s such stuff as dreams are made on.

Sir Jonathan Bate will intro­duce a new play each week, exam­in­ing it in rela­tion to cul­tur­al themes and trea­sures from the Shake­speare Birth­place Trust’s archives. In fact this course offers unprece­dent­ed access to the famous vaults of the Trust where thou­sands of rare arte­facts are kept.

Here’s a quick run through of what each week cov­ers:

Week 1: An Intro­duc­tion to Shake­speare and his World

Week 2: Shake­speare and Strat­ford — The Mer­ry Wives of Wind­sor

Week 3: The Birth of The­atre — A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream

Week 4: The World at War — Hen­ry V

Week 5: Mon­ey and the City — The Mer­chant of Venice

Week 6: Witch­es and Doc­tors — Mac­beth

Week 7: The Clash of Civil­i­sa­tions — Oth­el­lo

Week 8: The Roman Exam­ple — Antony & Cleopa­tra

Week 9: O Brave New World — The Tem­pest

Week 10: The Cult of Shake­speare

You can find the free course Shake­speare and his World on Future­Learn. The last time this course ran it attract­ed over 40,000 learn­ers around the world so it might be time to brush up on your Shake­speare­an lin­go. The course starts today.

Jess Weeks is a copy­writer at Future­Learn. Her favourite Shake­speare­an insult is ‘you egg’  because it’s both sim­ple and strange.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Free Online Shake­speare Cours­es: Primers on the Bard from Oxford, Har­vard, Berke­ley & More

A 68 Hour Playlist of Shakespeare’s Plays Being Per­formed by Great Actors: Giel­gud, McK­ellen & More

What Shake­speare Sound­ed Like to Shake­speare: Recon­struct­ing the Bard’s Orig­i­nal Pro­nun­ci­a­tion

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