Lunchtime Lecture: Shakespeare and the Resistance

1 November 2018, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Shakespearean scholar Clare Asquith reveals the hidden contents of a pair of poems dedicated to the young Earl of Southampton: Venus and Adonis published in 1593 and The Rape of Lucrece a year later: two politically charged allegories of Tudor tyranny that justified–and even urged–direct action against an unpopular regime.

Clare Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, is the author of Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare. She studied English literature at Oxford, where she gained a congratulatory First. Her ideas about Shakespeare's politics and religion were first raised in the Times Literary Supplement in 2001. Since then, she has written numerous articles and lectured widely on Shakespeare and his background. Her latest book Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the Poems That Challenged Tudor Tyranny (2018) is a provocative reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s largely forgotten epic poems, and the political controversy they incited.