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What Signifies a Theatre?

May 14, 2011

‘What Signifies a Theatre?’ 2: Private Theatricals and Amateur Dramatics, 1780-1900

1 pm Friday, 17 – 8 pm Saturday 18 June, 2011

Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham TW20 0EX

Private theatricals have been a significant part of country house culture since the late eighteenth century. Non-professional performance also flourished in a variety of different contexts, including military, naval and colonial communities. In the nineteenth century, the theatre bug spread from elite to bourgeois culture and became a staple of middle-class amusement and education. This conference, the second in the ‘WSAT’ series, extends the geographical and chronological scope of the inaugural event, held at Chawton House Library in December 2010.

Speakers will include: David Worrall, Emily Hodgsen Andserson, Elizabeth Wright, Dyan Colclough, Robin Whittaker, Georgina Lock, Svein Gladsø and Jacqueline Mulhallen. 

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