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Shakespeare and the Mysteries: Conference: Shakespearean Authorship Trust & Brunel University


Sunday 18 November 2012

The Shakespearean Authorship Trust,

in collaboration with Brunel University, presents

Shakespeare and the Mysteries The are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy

What are the implications for the Authorship Question of Shakespeare’s profound knowledge of Renaissance Neoplatonic and Hermetic traditions? These are present not only in passing allusions but also in the deep structure of his dramas, open to interpretation as allegories of initiation, transformation and regeneration.



Ros Barber (The Marlowe Papers)

Julia Cleave (Trustee of the SAT)

Peter Dawkins (The Shakespeare Enigma)

Mark Rylance (Chairman of the SAT)

Susan Sheridan (The Merry Wife of Wilton)

Earl Showerman (President of the Shakespeare Fellowship)

Claire van Kampen (Shakespeare’s Globe Special Advisor on Early Modern Music)


Date: Sunday 18 November 2012

Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (Tea and coffee available from 10:30) Venue: Shakespeare’s Globe, The Sackler Studios*, on the corner of Bear Gardens and Park Street, Bankside, London, SE1.

Tickets: £35 (including tea and coffee) Booking: Shakespeare’s Globe


Box Office Booking opens: 22 October**

*Note change of venue in 2012 due to building of the new indoor Jacobean theatre at the Globe.

**Early booking advised as places are limited


Draft Programme Schedule


10:30 Arrivals & Coffee


11:00 Introduction by Mark Rylance

Shakespeare’s Globe as Sacred Theatre and Cosmic Stage


11:30 Peter Dawkins

The Lost Word and Swan Song: Rosicrucian and Baconian Themes in Shakespeare’s comedies and romances.


12:15 Julia Cleave

Initiations, Transmutations and Resurrection Fables: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony & Cleopatra and All’s Well that Ends Well


13:00 Lunch


14:15 Earl Showerman

Shakespeare’s Physic: Hermetic and Alchemical Magic in The Winter’s Tale, Pericles and All’s Well that Ends Well.


15:00 Susan Sheridan

Shaking the Spear: The Hermetic interests of the Sidney/Pembroke Circle with special reference to Cymbeline.


15:35 Ros Barber

Death’s A Great Disguiser: Resurrecting Shakespeare.


16:15 Tea & Cake



16:45 Claire van Kampen

Shakespeare & Divine Proportion: The Tempest & the Music of the Spheres


17:30 Forum/Q&A


18:00 Ends


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