The Shakespeare Experience

Our Artistic Director Robert Hastie (Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth) will lead a fun-filled day of Shakespeare on the Crucible stage on Tuesday 15 January.

Perfect for students of Shakespeare and English Literature; alongside Robert Hastie, Phil Sheppard and Kirsty Surgey will lead a series of interactive and exploratory workshops bringing to life Shakespeare’s much-loved text onto our unique thrust stage – designed and built to stage The Bards classics.

The sessions include;

Robert Hastie
(Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres)

'Thou cream-faced loon!' The way people talk to each other in Shakespeare can tell you a lot about how the playwright intended his characters to be played. Using short scenes from plays including Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robert Hastie will lead a session looking at the clues we can pick up as students, actors and directors.

Phil Sheppard
(Senior practitioner for the National Theatre and director of the RADA Youth Company)

Through scene and speech study, this workshop will provide a toolbox for students wanting to take Shakespeare’s words from the page to the stage. With a primary focus on Macbeth, we will be considering historical context, script structure, original practice and discussing how to bring classical verse to life using the clues within the text.

Kirsty Surgey
(PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield and Shakespearean Academic)

‘I pull in resolution, and begin
To doubt the equivocation of the fiend
That lies like truth: 'Fear not, till Birnam wood
Do come to Dunsinane:'

What did it mean to equivocate? In this workshop, we will explore the historical context of Macbeth by considering contemporary attitudes towards witchcraft, religion and the monarchy. We’ll investigate original performance conditions and analyse the shifting power dynamic in Act 4, Scene 1.

Tickets are £6.00 per student for a full day’s workshop (with one free supervisory ticket for every 10 tickets bought). To book tickets contact the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or for further information contact our Schools Co-ordinator Georgina Stone on



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Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London. Across our three auditoria: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, we offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.