26 April, Adelaide.
Professors Ian Donaldson and Ian Gadd in a free public lecture at the University of Adelaide on the topic “The Death of Shakespeare”, that will also include a musical performance.
At the time of his death on 23 April1616 Shakespeare was far from a celebrity. Beyond the country town of Stratford where he had been born and now was buried, his death appears to have occasioned little interest or attention. None of his fellow-poets chose to mourn his passing; no gatherings in his honour were held; no contemporary references to his death have survived. Why did the final exit of the man now acclaimed as the world’s most famous writer not attract more resounding applause? How was Shakespeare’s reputation established in the years after his death? How did his fame spread–through Europe, the British Empire, globally?
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson, University of Melbourne
Response: Professor Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University
Musical Performance: Adelaide Baroque (Emma Horwood, Soprano; Anne Gardiner, Harpsichord; Graham Strahle, Viola da amba; Jayne Varnish, Recorders)
Chair: Dr Lucy Potter, The University of Adelaide