Early modern theatre research: Practice, archaeology, reconstruction

Over the last twenty-five years the study of early modern theatre has increasingly focussed on practice-based research in historic sites, as well as the insights gained through performance in reconstructed theatrical spaces.  The Theatre Department At Bristol University is pleased to announce a half-day symposium on 30th April to present the most cutting-edge findings in this area of early modern research, bringing together key scholars, practitioners and archaeologists from the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Rose Theatre and ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Court’to discuss the discoveries being made in historical performance spaces.  Speakers will include Professor Thomas Betteridge (Brunel University), Professor Martin White (University of Bristol), Dr Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent), and Kim Stabler (The Rose Theatre).

In different ways, the discovery of the remains of the original Rose Theatre in 1989 and the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe in 1997 have profoundly altered our knowledge of the archaeologies of early modern performance.    In 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe was joined by the first purpose-built indoor performance space, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, whilst projects such as‘Staging the Henrician Court’ and ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Court’have deepened our understanding of the intersections between the theatre, politics and architecture in the Tudor and Stuart courts though performances at Hampton Court, Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle.

The event will be between 1-4pm on the 30th April in the Lecture Room, Theatre Department, Cantocks Close, Bristol University. There is no fee but places are strictly limited so please confirm attendance with Eleanor Rycroft at e.rycroft@bristol.ac.uk to avoid disappointment.

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