Early Modern German Shakespeare in Action: Creation Theatre’s Romio und Julieta

Online, May 4, 2021 -

An online roundtable hosted by the Society for Renaissance Studies


Romeo and Juliet, but not as we know it…

From the 1590s onwards travelling players took various plays from the London stage with them to Northern Europe, transforming them to make them comprehensible to local audiences. Among these plays was Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was adapted into German and which comes down to us in a seventeenth-century manuscript copy as Romio und Julieta.

Join us for a roundtable conversation about issues of translation, adaptation, and performance as we discuss Creation Theatre’s upcoming online staged reading of Romio und Julieta based on a new English translation of the play by Lukas Erne and Kareen Seidler, published by Arden.


Maria Shmygol (U. of Leeds, ex. U. Genève)


Harry McCarthy (U. of Cambridge)


Lucy Askew (Creation Theatre)

Ryan Duncan (Creation Theatre)

Freyja Cox Jensen (U. of Exeter)

Kareen Seidler (Berlin, ex. U. Genève)

Creation Theatre


Early Modern German Shakespeare edition project


This roundtable will be followed by a rehearsed reading of Romio und Julieta by Creation Theatre on 6 May 2021 at 19.30BST.



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Early Modern German Shakespeare in Action: Creation Theatre’s Romio und Julieta
Location: Online
Start Date: May 4, 2021
Start Time: 5:00 pm
Ticket Price: Free
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