The Society for Theatre Research

2016-17 Lecture Programme

This series of evening lectures, given by invited speakers, is held monthly in London during the winter. The lectures are open to everyone, and each is followed by discussion and refreshments. Included in the programme is a special Annual Address, usually in May following the Society's AGM, and the Christmas lecture, named in honour of the late Margaret Collins, whose substantial bequest to the Society, for the purpose of funding the lecture series, continues to make these evenings possible.

Lectures are held either at the Art Workers' Guild, Bloomsbury (map), or at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn (map). All lectures are free and open to the public.

Can't get to London for these lectures?
These events will be available to watch on Livestream.

Visualising the Low Comedian
Wed 12th October 2016, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Prof. Jim Davis
In Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England Jim Davis investigated the ways in which comic actors were portrayed in paintings, prints and caricatures, and asked how art theory and the work of various artists were used in discussions of comic acting. ... [read more...]

Contemporary Black British Playwrights:
Margins to Mainstream

Wed 9th November 2016, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr. Lynette Goddard
The first decade of the twenty-first century has been described as witnessing a 'cultural renaissance' of black British playwriting, demonstrated by an increased visibility at London's main theatres, including the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Soho Theatre, the Tricycle, and even in the West End. ... [read more...]

'A Stranger Pyramus than e'er Played Here':
Transformations and Translations in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thurs 8th December 2016, 7:30pm: Art Worker's Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map

Presented by Prof. Trevor R. Griffiths
When Shakespeare created his aspiring team of would-be actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he effectively granted generations of professional actors a licence to make and remake his characters into a running commentary on the practicalities of theatre production. [read more...]

"Quick, Clean, Smart & Bright":
The Broadhead Theatres in Manchester

Thurs 12th January 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr. Victoria Garlick
"Quick, Clean, Smart and Bright" was the motto of the Broadhead theatre circuit. Developed by William Henry Broadhead (1848-1931) and his sons William Birch (1873-1907) and Percy (1878-1955), the circuit was constructed between 1896 and 1913, and consisted of seventeen venues in the North-West of England. ... [read more...]