ABOUT PETER HOLLAND
Holland, one of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism, was educated at Cambridge and, when he left in 1997, was Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre in the Faculty of English. He then served as Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon and Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham before coming to Notre Dame in 2002. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey, co-General Editor, with Stanley Wells, of Oxford Shakespeare Topics (20 volumes to date) and, with Adrian Poole, of the 18-volume series Great Shakespeareans (Bloomsbury Academic, 2009-13). Among his books are English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s and a major study of Restoration drama, The Ornament of Action. He has also edited many Shakespeare plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series and Coriolanus for the Arden Shakespeare 3rd Series, as well as coediting Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist with William Sherman. In 2007, he completed publication of a five-volume series of essays, Rethinking British Theatre History. In 2007-08, he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He is the author of more than one hundred articles on a wide range of topics in Shakespeare studies as well as on David Garrick, English pantomime, Chekhov, farce, Peter Brook, and many other aspects of drama and performance. He was elected an honorary fellow of the Shakespeare Institute and of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. In 2012 he received the Sheedy Award at Notre Dame.
Major Evening Event
THE CHILDREN OF BEATRICE AND BENDICK
From Much Ado to Philadelphia Story
The Kaye Playhouse
(68th Street between Lexington and Park)
The figures of Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing were unprecedented in English literature before Shakespeare: a man and woman evenly matched in intelligence and spirit, whose mutual affection is tempered by an equally powerful mutual suspicion, anti-romantics who squabble and banter all the way to the altar. While they have no theatrical parents, their progeny, in countless couples across English and American comedy, are everywhere: from Congreve’s The Way of the World to Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Philip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story. Notre Dame Professor and McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies Peter Holland will lead a hilarious and moving trip through the Shakespearean precedents for, and bountiful children of, these original merry warriors, featuring Tony Award nominees Kathryn Meisle and Derek Smith with Kelley Curran and Bhavesh Patel.
Monday, April 17 at 7 pm