Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies delighted to announce the return of Sebastian Koch to the stage in ‘Shakespeare – a German Writer’

Friday 8 October 2010

The Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (IGRS), in collaboration with Globe Education, are very pleased to present ‘Shakespeare – a German Writer’.  Acclaimed German actor Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, The Black Book) is joined by actor Philip Cumbus (Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth) in an evening celebrating Shakespeare’s impact on German culture.

Following the outstanding and congenial translation of Shakespeare’s plays by August Wilhelm Schlegel and Ludwig Tieck and Goethe’s highly personal and emotional endorsement of his genius, Shakespeare was ‘adopted’ as one of the great classical German writers. This IGRS event commemorates the immense influence of his work on German thought, theatre and literature from Lessing to Heiner Müller.

Following his success in the films The Lives of Others (2006) and Effi Briest (2008), highly acclaimed actor Sebastian Koch returns to the stage to present scenes from Shakespeare’s plays as well as some of the most moving and influential German texts they inspired. Martin Swales, an expert in the field and director of many amateur productions, will guide the audience through this remarkable story of Shakespeare in Germany.

The evening’s programme has been devised by Martin Swales (University College London) and Godela Weiss-Sussex (Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies). ‘Shakespeare – a German Writer’ will take place at Shakespeare’s Globe on Thursday, 14 October 2010, at 7pm. Tickets are available from the box office at Shakespeare’s Globe (tel: 020 7401 9919).

Notes for Editors:
1. For further information please contact Jane Lewin at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies on 020 7862 8966 / OR Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London on 020 7862 8670 /  Image available on request.

2. This event will take place at The UnderGlobe, Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT. To obtain tickets (£12 standard rate) visit the Globe online at or ring 020 7401 9919. Running time: 75 minutes with no interval (bar opens at 6.30 pm).

3. Readings in English and German will be complemented by extracts from German films, silent and modern, and introduced by Martin Swales.

4. The evening is sponsored by the Friends of Germanic Studies and the Coffin Trust of the University of London.

5. The event is part of Globe Education’s ‘Shakespeare is German’ season of events.

6. The Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (IGRS) was established in 2004 with the merger of the Institute of Germanic Studies and the Institute of Romance Studies, founded in 1950 and 1989 respectively. Its purpose is to promote and facilitate the study of the cultures of regions speaking the Germanic and Romance languages across a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields in the humanities. The IGRS is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.