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Arts & Humanities Summer Programme: 'Britain through Drama', LMH, University of Oxford

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Course Outline

Explores how dramatists have responded to social changes in British History and provides a window on British culture

  • Students will consider how drama has reflected the culture and social issues of its time. 
  • The programme will look at how drama can be a reaction to specific political events, or transcend time and place.
  • There will be a particular focus on the works of world famous playwright William Shakespeare, showing how his plays have been interpreted in new ways in different eras.
  • Students will focus on one of the plays studied in detail, and they will work in groups to analyse and then create their own interpretation of a piece.
  • The course includes a visit to a production of Measure for Measure by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Connects general historical themes with a close analysis of specific plays

  • Lectures will cover the historical and cultural context in Britain from Shakespeare’s time to the present day, before considering specific plays from each time period.
  • The programme will explore the meaning and influence of British drama through times of turbulence, threat and change.
  • Three extraordinary Shakespeare plays will be studied in depth – Macbeth, Measure for Measure and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • With academic support, students will work in groups on their own dramatic performance based on a Shakespeare play they are studying.

Develops students’ analytical and communication skills

  • Students will benefit from the very best historical and literary insight and knowledge, and from small group teaching designed to develop critical reasoning and logical argument.
  • The programme’s afternoon seminars are based on the famous Oxford tutorial system. Students will present and defend opinions, accept constructive criticism and listen to others. These rigorous academic discussions facilitate learning in a way that cannot be done with lectures alone. They are a fantastic way to experience the fundamental approach to higher education at Oxford.
Programme Title
Arts & Humanities Summer Programme: 'Britain through Drama', Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Saturday 10th August 2019 — Monday 26th August 2019

Delivered in partnership with Lady Margaret Hall (University of Oxford)


Lectures will be provided by leading academics from Lady Margaret Hall, the University of Oxford and elsewhere, including:



For more information please visit the Lady Margaret Hall Summer Programmes website.