Sixth Form Shakespeare Study Day

A study day focusing on Hamlet, Othello or King Lear, appropriate for students following either the 2008 or 2015 English Literature specifications.

Our apologies, the Study Day has been cancelled. The next Study Day will be in March 2018.

Tuesday 14 March 2017 at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU

close up of Shakespeare's face

Designed for A Level students working on Hamlet, Othello or King Lear, this study day will build upon and develop work that has been done in class, and will address:

  • helping students appreciate the relation of their play to Shakespeare’s other work and to the theatre of his day
  • the influence upon texts of cultural, historical and other contexts
  • different critical interpretations and the importance of their context
  • the contribution of directors, designers and performers to the theatrical experience
  • how characters and ideas are conveyed through theatrical presentation
  • close reading of the texts


10.00 Registration
10.30 Session 1 - Plenary: Shakespeare and Genre
11.30 Comfort break
11.40 Session 2 - Plenary: Shakespeare's Theatre
12.30 Lunch break (own arrangements)
1.30 Session 3 - Option: Text-specific lecture (Hamlet, King Lear or Othello)
2.30 Comfort break
2.40 Session 4 - Plenary: Looking across the three tragedies (to include feedback from individual sessions)
3.30 End of day


£30 per student (no charge for accompanying teachers)

Booking deadline

Booking closes on 14 February 2017. Payment is required within 10 days of booking confirmation.

Course Leaders

All three course leaders have taught Shakespeare at Sixth Form and Undergraduate level.

Dr Pamela Bickley and Dr Jenny Stevens are co-authors of Essential Shakespeare: The Arden Guide to Text and Interpretation (2013), an introductory critical study for first year undergraduates which bridges the gap between A Level and university study and Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (Arden).

Dr Sean McEvoy is the author of Shakespeare: The Basics. Now in its 3rd edition this is an insightful and informative introduction to Shakespeare, exploring all aspects of Shakespeare's plays including language, cultural contexts and modern interpretations. He is also the author of Hamlet: A Sourcebook, an invaluable guide to the play's text, contexts and critical readings.  Sean teaches at Varndean Sixth Form college in Brighton.

Cancellation Policy

Fees may be refunded on cancellation up to 14 February 2017, but not thereafter.

The English Association reserves the right to cancel conferences in the event of insufficient bookings being received by the closing date. In such cases delegate fees are refunded in full, but the Association is not liable for any other costs incurred by the delegate.

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