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INSIGHTS Virtual Lecture: Shakespeare as a sound artist by Bruce R. Smith

Bruce R. Smith, Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Newcastle University

Date/Time: Thursday 10 March 2022, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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Hosted by Professor Jenny Richards, Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature

Famous for his words, Shakespeare is also a master creator of soundscapes. Anticipating the sound artists of today, Shakespeare turned the Globe and the Blackfriars theatres in London into acoustic environments full of music, the noises of fireworks, gunshots, and thunder – not to mention the applause, laughter, and shouts of his audiences. This lecture will position speech within this panoply of sounds.


Bruce R. Smith, Dean’s Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Southern California, is the author of seven books on Shakespeare, including The Acoustic World of Early Modern England (1999), The Key of Green (2009), and Shakespeare | Cut (2016). He has chapters forthcoming in The Oxford History of the Book in Early Modern England (2021) and The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Sound Studies (2023).

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.