Staging Race and Diversity.To what extent do choices about…


Akiya Henry


Leo Wan


Jonathan Christie


Stefan Adegbola


Suzanne Ahmet

Staging Race and Diversity.

To what extent do choices about costume, set and lighting either privilege white actors or place actors of colour at a disadvantage? Does staging Shakespeare in historical dress present a challenge to directors and designers when it comes to racial diversity? What are the implicit biases that exist in the casting, directing and staging of Shakespeare’s plays?

This summer Shakespeare’s Globe is hosting a festival dedicated to the topic of Shakespeare & Race. As part of this festival and our ongoing Research in Action programme we are running a workshop entitled Staging Race and Diversity in the Shakespearean Theatre in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Using extracts from Macbeth, Richard II and Titus Andronicus Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Head of Higher Education and Research, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Professor Erika T. Lin (The City University of New York) will be joined by seven actors to examine the relationship between staging practices and racial diversity.

We hope you can join us to unearth, challenge and debate long-held assumptions and to ask questions about how to change practices. We are hoping to have a robust, at times, difficult conversation and we hope those attending will bring their own experiences to bear upon what we discover.

Cast includes:
Stefan Adegbola
Suzanne Ahmet
Jonathan Christie
Akiya Henry
Leo Wan