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ONGOING: 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.

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

Andrea Sabbadini

Andrea Sabbadini, Chairman


Remaining films in the 2014 Programme

Venue: The Institute of Contemporary Arts

Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

(Click here for a PDF of the whole 2014 Programme)

Term 3: Margot Waddell

(For more information, click here)

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

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

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


For tickets and further info, click here


Programme 2015 (subject to change)

For further info on these films, click here

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