What is at stake in reading, studying and staging Shakespeare in an age
of ‘extremism’, and in a context where responses to extremism are at best
misguided and at worst counterproductive? Incorporating analysis of policy
documents, contributions from anthropology and discussions of literary
texts, this article explores what Shakespeare will mean under the UK
government’s Prevent agenda, and the effects such an agenda might have on
how we engage with extraordinary renderings of Shakespeare on stage now,
not least those created by Sulayman Al Bassam.