David Stuttard


Talks Etc


Talks and Lectures

An accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, David delivers talks and lectures to a variety of audiences at a wide range of venues throughout the UK and overseas.

He gives regular Gallery Talks as well as lectures at The British Museum, London, and is a frequent guest speaker at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In addition, he regularly lectures to audiences of 300+ for The Arts Society.

David has taught a course for a classical summer school at The University of Cambridge, and now plays a major part delivering a series of annual lectures for TFED (Transatlantic Forum for Education and Diplomacy), a joint venture organized by The University of North Carolina and King’s College, London. He also gives regular talks to the members of Goodenough College, and in 2019 led a Dean's Seminar to Athens.

‘Wonderful talks with Dr. [Irving] Finkel and David Stuttard – universal acclaim from our students!’ Professor Ted Leinbaugh, UNC

‘I’m a big fan of the talks on a Saturday at 13:15 and always find them interesting and enlightening. However today's talk was really good. As well as a fascinating talk it was rounded off with a reading linked to a scene on one of the vases on display. Thank you for continuing these talks, they are just one example of why The British Museum is one of the best museums in the world.’ Audience Member, British Museum Gallery Talk

‘I thank you for your incredible passion and magnificent capability of passing it on. You have been THE professor par excellence for me.’ Lucrezia Lucchesini, University of Pisa


Lecturing on Tours and Cruises

David has a wide experience of leading tours of Greece and Italy as well as lecturing on cruises of the Mediterranean.

In 2016 he was guest lecturer on The World, the world’s only fully-residential cruise ship, as it sailed from Chania, Crete to Haifa, Israel via Karpathos, Some, Rhodes and Cyprus.

Previously he led tours for The Traveller and participated in a gulet cruise for Westminster Classic Tours. With Actors of Dionysus, he sailed six times with Swan Hellenic, directing performances in classical theatres in Turkey and Albania.

In 2021 and 2022 he will join Noble Caledonian to lecture on cruises to many of the Graeco-Roman sites of Sicily.

‘David has the rare gift of being able to bring history to life with enthusiasm and flair. His lectures are always well received by a diverse range of audiences, who often comment on the accessibility of his style as well as his vast scholarship.’ Freddie Matthews, Head of Adult Programmes, The British Museum


Schools Talks and Workshops

Having taught for 11 years, written many books about the Classical world and translated, adapted and directed Greek tragedies for performance both in the UK and in ancient theatres in the Mediterranean for more than twenty five years years, David possesses a deep understanding of antiquity and a wealth of experience.

As a result, he is often invited to deliver talks, seminars and workshops to school and university students on classical history, culture and drama. Usually linked to the syllabus, these can be valuable introductions to the subject or useful consolidation aids in the run-up to the exams.

Please email him, if you would like further details.

'Thank you so much for yesterday – it was invaluable in reminding ME that the play is funny (I studied it at A level and my teacher ... well … he wasn’t you!) and was great for getting the students to take it off the page.' Lucy (teacher)

'One word… FAB! I just wanted to say a massive thank you for setting up the talk with Mr Stuttard. He was truly fascinating to listen to and I have ten pages of notes!!! Judging by the looks on everyone's faces I think it's safe to saythat we were all enthralled by what he had to say and I'm sure we would all love to have him in again.' Rachel (A-level student)

'I would just like to say a big thank you. It was such a pleasure to meet you, and you got it all so right. That is a great gift you have.  The girls were hugely appreciative, and are very keen that you should come in again, as am I.’ Martyn (teacher)

'I honestly think, having you come in, is as much a benefit for me as it is for the kids. It gives me an injection of enthusiasm that starts to wane this time of the year and reminds me that Drama is more than teaching them to pass the exams. It’s about exploration, creativity and excitement. All elements that you so effortlessly impart. Teaching may have lost out when you hung up your mortar board and gown, but it’s to the gain of education and drama.’ James (teacher)