Setting the Scene for Shakespeare at A Level - The Tempest and Measure for Measure

Sixth Form Conference, Leicester. 31 October 2018

The Chandos Shakespeare portrait

One Day Course, 31 October 2018

Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, Leicester

Organised by the English Association and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

A programme of interactive seminar-style sessions, designed to enrich and deepen understanding of the social, historical and theatrical contexts that shaped Shakespeare's writing in The Tempest and Measure for Measure.

Texts covered: The Tempest and Measure for Measure

The day is designed to suit the needs of students working towards examinations and will address the following assessment objectives:

  • 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 context;
  • the contribution of directors, designers and performers to the theatrical experience;
  • how characters and ideas are conveyed through theatrical presentation.


9:30 Registration



Session 1 - Shakespeare and Genre

Break - including time for students to move room

11:00 Session 2 - Option: The Tempest or Measure for Measure (1)
11:45 Lunch (included)
13:00 Session 3 - Option: The Tempest or Measure for Measure (2)



Break - including time for students to move room

Session 4 - Shakespeare in Performance


Session 5 - Q & A and conclusion

A chance for students to ask questions arising from the day's sessions or on any aspect of their studies of Shakespeare.

15:15 Conference ends


£25 per student

£10 per accompanying teacher

A packed lunch is also included. Please confirm any any access and dietary requirements.

Booking deadline:

Wednesday 17 October 2018

To make a booking:

Booking now open

The Course Leaders

Photograph of Dr Nick WaltonDr Nick Walton is Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, where he devises and delivers programmes of study for school and university students, as well as for members of the general public.  Nick obtained his MA and PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, and has taught at the Universities of Warwick and Reading.  As Executive Secretary to the International Shakespeare Association he helped organise the Eighth and Ninth World Shakespeare Congresses in Brisbane (2006) and Prague (2011) respectively. He regularly reviews Shakespearian productions and publications, and he has written introductory material for the Penguin editions of Timon of Athens and Love’s Labour’s Lost, as well as contributing a chapter on Glen Byam Shaw to the book Director’s Shakespeare, and an entry in the forthcoming Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia on Shakespeare Societies. Nick works closely with The Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2009 recorded a stage history of Hamlet for the BBC. He has performed in Shakespeare’s plays on stage and screen, and in 2010 was invited to Boston USA to deliver lectures and workshops to run alongside the Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of Timon of Athens. He returned to Boston in 2012 to work with Tina Packer on her production of Troilus and Cressida for the same company.


Dr Anjna Chouhan is Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  Anjna works on Victorian Shakespeare reception and performance, and recently completed her PhD on Shakespeare and the church on the Victorian stage, at the University of Leicester. She has edited a volume on the actor-manager Henry Irving  for the Pickering and Chatto series, Lives of Shakespearean Actors. Anjna has taught on a range of undergraduate courses at the University of Leicester, and her research has taken her to Harvard, Boston, as well as Washington DC. Anjna is also transcribing an 1857 burlesque of Macbeth for the Lord Chamberlain’s Plays Project.

Leicester Grammar School

Directions can be found on the Leicester Grammar School website.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation up to 2 weeks before the conference: full refund; 
Cancellation 1 week before the conference: fifty percent refund; 
Cancellation less than 1 week before the conference: no refund.

The English Association reserves the right to cancel conferences in the event of insufficient bookings being received by the closing date, or, where no closing date is advertised, by 14 days before the conference. 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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