Polonius: The Polish Man?

Part of Sheakspeare and Poland festival


Thursday 27 June 2019, 7.00 pm

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre

21 New Globe Walk


London SE1 9DT


Polonius is often portrayed on stage as a bumbling intrusive counsellor to King Claudius. In 1598 a major Polish work, The Counsellor, appeared in English translation for the first time. Is this why Shakespeare gave his counsellor the Latin name for “Polish man”? How much was Shakespeare influenced by this and other political and continental writings?

A panel of leading Polish and English scholars, directors and commentators will offer perspectives on Polonius from theatrical and political points of view.

Speakers include: Dr Jolanta Rzegocka, Professor Jarosław Kilian, Professor Andrew Hadfield, Professor Barry Keane and Professor Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves

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