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Iqbal Khan’s lecture on “The Problematic Privilege of Interpreting the Bard" will discuss the constellation of ideas around Shakespeare and the construction of systems of power—and the construction of identity. “I don’t see any ‘agenda’ here on the part of the ‘Bard’,” Khan says, “but a series of provocations and interrogations.” In his lecture, Khan will draw on his decades of experience in directing Shakespeare—and theatrical afterlives of Shakespeare’s work—in venues as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Box Clever, and the Birmingham Opera Company. He will discuss his decisions around interpretation, storytelling, working with actors, and working with and for audiences.
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Iqbal Khan is a freelance Theatre Director, with productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company: Tartuffe, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other work includes Educating Rita, Oleanna, Rafta Rafta, Perfect Days & Beautiful Thing (Bolton Octagon); The Wildman of the West Indies (Donizetti Opera for ETO); Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Snookered (Tamasha/Oldham Coliseum/Bush/UK tour): A Christmas Carol, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice (Box Clever); The Importance of Being Earnest: The Musical (Riverside Studios); The Killing of Sister George (West End); Broken Glass (Tricycle/West End); East is East (Birmingham Rep); A Slight Ache & Landscape (National Theatre); Treemonisha (Pegasus Opera); The Last Photograph (Edinburgh Festival); Otello (Birmingham Opera Company); Simply Cinderella (Curve); Too Close to Home (Lyric Hammersmith/Library Theatre); Madama Butterfly (Lyric Hammersmith/Minack).
Iqbal has worked extensively in Drama Schools including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and BSD. He has directed in Paris, Japan, the UK, and held residencies and delivered lectures at institutions including Michigan State University and Lafayette College. He was the Michael Douglas Visiting Artist last year at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Iqbal was also recently made an Honorary Doctor of Arts at De Montfort University.
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Co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts, the Humanities Institute (Asian Futures Project), the South Asian Studies Initiative, and the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme.