Desdemona Retiring to her Bed, by Théodore Chassériau, 1849, Oil on canvas, 42 x 32 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris.


A selection of Shakespeare’s greatest plays—from the comedies, histories, tragedies, and late romances—placing them in the social, political, and theatrical contexts of his time. Topics include Shakespeare’s professional career; Renaissance stage conventions; the immense richness of Shakespeare’s language; staging kingship and rebellion; and performing the plays on stage.