Silent Shakespeare

Event Date: 
06 Oct 2017


7.30pm, The Rymer Auditorium, Department of Music, University of York


An evening of nostalgia, wonderment and silliness


In the film industry’s silent era, many films of both verve and variety were made that adapted Shakespeare’s plays for popular audiences. Come and sample these rare, surviving old films in an evening that takes us an engaging tour of some fascinating, touching and entertaining Shakespearean moments from early film history. The evening will be animated by some wonderful live music, by performance interjections from live actors and by lively commentary from Judith Buchanan. 


Professor Judith Buchanan is an expert in silent cinema and in Shakespearean performance history. She is the author of Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and she recorded the expert voice-over commentary for two DVDs of silent Shakespeare films for the British Film Institute.  She is the Director of Silents Now, bringing silent film to contemporary audiences in fresh ways. 






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