Shakespeare, The Earls of Derby & the North West

An International Symposium with leading scholars of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre culture, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Knowsley Hall. 

19th October, 2016

To purchase tickets, visit Shakespeare Symposium or call 0151 489 4827

This symposium is being held at Knowsley Hall, tickets are £75 and include; refreshments throughout the day and a 2 course hot and cold buffet lunch. Places for this event are limited and can be booked online by clicking here.


9.00am - Registration 9.20am - The Earl of Derby: Welcome

9.25am - Dr Stephen Lloyd (Curator of the Derby Collection and Chair of the morning Session)


9.30am - Professor Richard Wilson (Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre): The Only Shake Scene in a Country: William the Conqueror

10.00am - Dr David George (Emeritus Professor of English, Urbana University, Ohio) The youthful Shakespeare: out of the shadows

10:30am - Anthony Holden (Writer and Biographer) The 1590s: Shakespeare’s formative years

11.00am - Coffee Break


11.30am - Professor Lawrence Manley (William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Yale University, New Haven) Magical Plays of the Derby Companies

12.00pm - Dr Edel Lamb (Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, School of Arts English and Languages, Queen’s University, Belfast) Patronage and Plays: The Revival of the Children of Paul’s in 1599

12.30pm - Professor Sally-Beth MacLean (Professor Emerita of English and Director of REED, University of Toronto) The 6th Earl of Derby and his touring Players: an illustrated overview

1.00pm - Lunch

Chair for afternoon sessions: Professor Elspeth Graham (Professor of Early-Modern Literature, Liverpool John Moores University)


2.00pm - Dr Vanessa Wilkie (William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval and British Historical Manuscripts, The Huntington Library, California) ‘To the Right Honorable...’: The Literary Patronage and Masque Culture of the Stanley Women

2.30pm - Dr Rebecca Bailey (Lecturer in English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University) ‘Your name shall live / In the new yeare: as in the age of gold’: The Staging of Sir Thomas Salusbury’s Twelfth Night Masque, performed for the Stanley Household at Knowsley Hall in 1640/1, and its contexts

3.00pm - ‘Discoveries in Practice’: a short discussion with actors and director Professor Kathy Dacre on the first performance of the Knowsley Masque since 1641; part of the ‘Voicing Shakespeare’ research project at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

3.15pm - Tea


3.30pm - Julian Bowsher (Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology) The Playhouse in Prescot as seen from the London Theatreland

4.00pm - Patrick Spottiswoode (Director, Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe) Education and Shakespeare’s Globe

4.30pm - Dr Nicholas Helm (Helm Architecture, London) Shakespeare and Architecture: What sort of a Replica?: The Playhouse in Prescot

5.00pm - Discussion 5.30pm - Closing Remarks

Liverpool John Moores University