Shakespearean Scholar to Deliver Second Worcester Lecture

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A distinguished Shakespearean scholar is to deliver the second annual Worcester Lecture.

The Worcester Lectures are a partnership between Worcester Cathedral and the University of Worcester, which serve to heighten Worcester’s cultural heritage.

Professor Michael Dobson’s lecture, titled 'The public good and the voluntary sector: Shakespeare and the ethics of civic life', will take place in Worcester Cathedral on Thursday, May 12 at 6pm. The University’s Chancellor, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, will be in attendance at the lecture.

Professor Dobson is a distinguished Shakespearean scholar and acclaimed lecturer. Presently, he is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Birkbeck College in the University of London. He has recently been appointed Director-elect of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham from September 1.

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester, said: “The Worcester Cathedral Chapter is delighted to be hosting the second of the joint University-Cathedral lectures, which is one of the many ways in which together we help Worcester to be a ‘first-rank University and Cathedral City’.”

Professor Dobson was formerly Professor of Renaissance Drama at Roehampton University. He has also taught at Oxford, Harvard, Northwestern and Illinois Universities and has held visiting fellowships at UCLA and Peking University.

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester, said: “Professor Dobson is a very distinguished scholar. This promises to be a most interesting and enlightening lecture. We are delighted that the annual Worcester Lecture series is attracting such high-profile cultural talent.”

Professor Dobson’s most recent publication, is “Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A Cultural History”. His lecture will draw on the research he undertook for this work. Professor Dobson comments regularly on Shakespearean performance for the BBC and writes programme notes for the RSC, the Old Vic, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

If you would like to attend the event please contact Jo Fellows at the University of Worcester on 01905 855141 or at to reserve a place.