2020 Workshops for Adults

Shakespeare Off the Page: Hamlet on Screen

Shakespeare Off the Page: Hamlet on Screen

The nerdy-coolest book club / geek session is going to the movies! (Note: we are not going ANYWHERE. Come on, folks. We’re Zooming.) We’ve read a lot lately and in the past we’ve done our share of field trips, but for now we’re going to stay indoors and look at several different filmed versions/adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

For the first week we’re going to chat about a couple of versions streaming free online (the most recent Kentucky Shakespeare production, streaming Dec 4-6, the Olivier classic, and the wire-combat martial arts extravaganza Legend of the Black Scorpion). Then we’ll split off and do our own thing for the second week, looking at whatever versions/adaptations strike the individual fancy and reporting back (plenty of free ones are out there, but if you want to buy/rent, we certainly won’t try to stop you). And while we do all this, we’ll of course also be chatting about the uncut, unadapted Shakespeare script and how everything compares, how different takes resonate differently, and how there are gloriously few rules about all this.


Now, for some reading Shakespeare brings back nightmares of that one nun/former coach who taught Freshman English. But digging into these plays and treating them like the playscripts they are can be a lot of grown-up fun once you unlock some of the tricky bits in a casual, snack’n’chat, no-test-on-the-reading setting. So resident Kentucky Shakespeare actor/dramaturg (pronounced: professional nerd) Gregory Maupin will lead a group through these sessions that can help you get the most out of reading Shakespeare on your own, before a show/movie, or with a group of other weirdos who enjoy this kind of thing, too*.

*This is primarily a series aimed at normal, decent people, but actors are not unwelcome.

Here’s what some past participants had to say:

“Greg knows WAY too much to fit into 3 or 4 sessions, but…I am jazzed about further DIY exploration.”

“Greg’s workshop is great for Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. I’m more of a newbie and ended up reading Richard II just for kicks–and understanding it. It’s the most unpretentious Shakespeare group you’ll ever be a part of, and so much better than 10th-grade English class (sorry, Mrs. Range).”

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  • Schedule: Saturdays, December 5 and 12 , 1:00-4:00pm, on zoom
  • Price: $60
Stage Combat

Stage Combat

Thank you to our February 2020 Stage Combat class participants! The group had a look behind the scenes and learned to fight like the pros at Kentucky Shakespeare with Fight Director Eric Frantz and actor/Director of Education Kyle Ware. They were guided through the moves and techniques used to fight for stage and screen as well as some acting tips to help make it all look good.

Check back for future workshops!

For more information, contact: kyle@kyshakespeare.com, 502-574-9900

  • Schedule: Saturday, February 22: Hand-to-Hand; Saturday, February 29: Longsword
  • Price: $40 per session

Shakespeare Off The Page


For questions about Adult Workshops, please contact Amy Attaway, Associate Artistic Director, at 502-574-9900 or by email.

For questions about Stage Combat, please contact Kyle Ware, Director of Education,at 502-574-9900 or by email.