|Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries|
|8:30am||Doors open for sightseeing|
|4:00pm||Last entry for sightseeing|
|Something rich and strange: A spiritual journey through Shakespeare’s The Tempest|
|Saturday 17 June 10.30am - 5pm|
The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling and cherished works, but can also seem abstruse and unfathomable. It is a play of transformations and rumours of unseen realities, music and mysteries, violence and betrayals, love and complicated, difficult relationships. Most probably a story of Shakespeare’s original creation, it lends itself to many interpretations and analyses, from a fable of art and creation to colonialist allegory.
How might a person of faith encounter the play? What insights and reflections on the human and divine come from it? In this reflective day, Mark Oakley will explore the spiritual adventure of language in what was probably Shakespeare’s last play. This will be a day about an intimate encounter with the text and its ideas and challenges, rather than a day about Shakespeare himself or the unknowable question of his own faith.
Mark Oakley is the Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing the arts and learning programmes at the cathedral. He writes regularly for the Church Times and The Tablet and broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 4. His latest, bestselling, book The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry (Canterbury Press) was published last year to great acclaim.