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The Stuff of Dreams

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, we invite you to a season of twelve screenings and discussions of films of his plays.

Andrea Sabbadini

Andrea Sabbadini, Chairman


Freud remarked more than once that in understanding of the depths of human experience and the existence of the unconscious mind, he was preceded by the “poets and philosophers”. And for him, one of the greatest of the poets and philosophers was Shakespeare. To mark the year of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth the Institute of Psychoanalysis is presenting, over the course of the year, twelve remarkable films of (or based on) as many Shakespeare works – covering the tragedies, comedies and histories.
 
After each film, the works and their transposition to the screen will be explored by psychoanalysts familiar with Shakespeare’s work, together with prominent actors, directors, and critics. As always, you will be warmly invited to take part in discussions which we anticipate will be stimulating and enriching. We look forward to seeing you there.
 
The films span 3 terms, each led by a different psychoanalyst (Michael Brearley, David Bell and Margot Waddell, respectively) who will engage in discussion on each film with prominent guests from the world of theatre and cinema. The whole series will be chaired by Andrea Sabbadini.
 

Listen to recordings of discussions during past Stuff of Dreams events HERE

 

Provisional Programme

Venue: The Institute of Contemporary Arts

Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm


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Term 1: MICHAEL BREARLEY

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Henry iv Part 2

Henry IV Part 2, 2012


26 January: Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa 1957, 110 mins) Ian Rickson
 
2 March: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ross MacGibbon 1999, 94 mins) Juliet Stevenson
 
16 March: Hamlet (Grigori Kozintsev 1964, 140 mins) Simon Russell Beale
 
6 April: Henry IV Part 2 (Richard Eyre 2012, 115 mins) Jeremy Irons
 

 

Term 2: David Bell

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The Tempest

The Tempest, 2010


18 May: King Lear (Peter Brook 1971, 132 mins) Max Stafford-Clark
 
8 June: The Tempest (Julie Taymor 2010, 110 mins) Michael Billington
 
22 June: Twelfth Night (Trevor Nunn 1996, 134 mins) Emma Francis
 
6 July: Richard III (Richard Loncraine 1995, 104 mins) Michael & Margaret Rustin
 
 

Term 3: Margot Waddell

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Michael Redgrave and Edith Evans in As You Like It, 1936

Michael Redgrave and Edith Evans in As You Like It, 1936


28 September: As You Like It (Paul Czinner 1936, 96 mins) Juliet Stevenson
 
19 October: The Merchant of Venice (Michael Radford 2004, 138 mins) Michael Pennington
 
16 November: Othello (Orson Welles 1952, 90 mins) Rory Kinnear
 
7 December: Romeo and Juliet (Baz Luhrmann 1996, 120 mins), Peter Evans

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