LECTURE: A Respectable Actor: Rehearsed reading

Thursday 13th February 2014, 7.30pm
Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London | map

Presented by Professor David Roberts
Chair: tba

Thomas Betterton was Restoration London’s leading actor and theatre manager. He worked with the foremost playwrights of his day and with the first generation of English actresses. A friend of Pope and Steele, he was widely revered for his professionalism and respectability, a quality celebrated in what is arguably the first biography of an English actor, The Life of Mr Thomas Betterton (1710). This rehearsed reading of David Roberts’s A Respectable Actor features Robert Lister as Betterton. Robert has enjoyed a distinguished career with the RSC, RNT and BBC. The reading marks the 2013 publication by the Society for Theatre Research of The Library of a Seventeenth-Century Actor, an edition prepared by David Roberts of the sale catalogue of Betterton’s book and picture collection, a unique and neglected document in theatre history.

Professor David Roberts is Dean of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University and a National Teaching Fellow. His 2010 study of Betterton was published by Cambridge University Press and short-listed for the Theatre Library Association’s 2011 George Freedley Award. 

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