Earlier this week, we stepped out of the office to interview Carol Chillington Rutter, Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick and author of our recently released King Lear study guide.
Carol has had the great good fortune to spend her entire working life in conversation with Shakespeare and his contemporaries. She is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick where, for five years (2006-2011), she also directed the CAPITAL Centre, a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, that, in collaboration with theatre practitioners at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cheek by Jowl, developed innovative workshop-based teaching practices for undergraduates.
As a Shakespearean she has specialised in performance studies, and according to one reviewer:
There is no better interpreter of performance writing today.
Digital Theatre Plus' King Lear study guide delves back in time and takes a close look at the social and historical context of the time in which Shakespeare was writing. It uncovers the meaning behind his language and examines plot structure, character and staging.
There's a further terrible irony connected to gendered speech in King Lear. As women assume the prerogative to speak, men lose the power of language.
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to Carol face-to-face with the full audio interview coming soon. That resource will be available as part of a subscription to Digital Theatre Plus.