Shakespeare and the History Play

Ref: C3671077

This course will consider three of the history plays: 'Richard III', 'Henry IV Part 1', and 'Henry V', placing them in the broader context of Shakespeare's dramatic practice and the social and historical contexts of early modern Elizabethan England. We will look at the plays as performance, as well as close reading of the texts.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce learners to Shakespeare's history plays, placing them in their early modern social, political and historical contexts, and in the context of Shakespeare's wider oeuvre and dramatic practice.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Place a range of Shakespeare's history plays into the broader context of Shakespeare's dramatic practice.
  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of a range of history plays in their original Elizabethan historical and political contexts.
  • Analyse a range of history plays in terms of their language, structure and characterisation.
  • Evaluate a range of performances of the plays concerned.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • We will view different DVD performances of selected passages from the plays, analysing and evaluating each.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Learners will need to provide themselves with annotated copies of each of the chosen plays.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Shakespeare and the History Play Course Outline

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Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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