The Shakes Sphere Talks

Ian Mcdiarmid in rehearsal for A Life of Galileo

Join us for two talks that bring together the brilliant minds of Shakespeare, Brecht and Galileo. Both discussions led by a panel of experts have been curated and chaired by Guardian journalist and broadcaster Carol Jahme.

Saturday 9 February
Ferguson Room, 11am
Galileo and Shakespeare were both born in 1564 and their legacy upon modern culture is vast. Both of these great minds have gone on to inspire subsequent generations of scientists and artists, including Brecht. Why were Shakespeare and Galileo so outstanding? What did they think of one another? And how different were their minds from one another?

Chaired by Guardian journalist and broadcaster Carole Jahme, Dr PfannebeckerProfessor Dunbar and Professor Scott will discuss.

Saturday 23 February
Ferguson Room, 11am
Brecht premiered A Life of Galileo in 1945, Nazi Germany's oppression of artists and scientists echoed the Inquisition that imprisoned Galileo in 1633. Shakespeare took a risk in referencing contemporary science throughout his writing, citing Galileo's four moons of Jupiter in Cymbeline.

What happens when religion and politics attempts to control scientists and artists? And after all these years can new perspectives be taken on Shakespeare and Galileo's work?

Chaired by Guardian journalist and broadcaster Carole Jahme,
Dr PfannebeckerProfessor Sella and Dr Kukula will discuss.

Both talks take place in the Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon at 11am - 12 noon.
Tickets cost £6

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