Stapleford Granary

Course description

Saturday 16 March

14.00-17.30  £50/£45 students

Tea and coffee provided


In partnership with Literature Cambridge


Join us for an intensive Study Day on Shakespeare's great and disturbing tragedy, Macbeth. How does the play express concerns of its own time and place? And how was it later taken up, and rewritten, in Africa, India, and other parts of the world?


Charles Moseley
How many Cousins had Noble Macbeth?


Macbeth is the most powerfully concentrated of Shakespeare’s tragedies. We see Macbeth change from ‘noble Macbeth’ into ‘that dead butcher’ and we witness his fall into the abyss of despair. This lecture explores Macbeth’s fall against the patterns of his theatrical relatives, ancestors and descendants, and against the passionate contemporary arguments about free will and predestination. 


Edward Wilson-Lee
Macbeth and the Damned of the Earth


Macbeth has fascinated readers and performers all over the world. This lecture will look at Macbeth around the world, from Verdi's opera and Orson Welles' Voodoo production to fascinating versions of Macbeth in Ethiopia, Madagascar, and India. Do ghosts and guilt help us towards a concept of a global Shakespeare?

Further information:

T 01223 324960


About our lecturers

Dr Charles Moseley is a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge and author of many books and articles on Shakespeare.

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge whose books include Shakespeare in Swahililand.

A great chance to experience, or revisit, the best of university teaching.