The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0448 Thursday, 31 July 2008
Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 11:10:01 +0100
Subject: Globe Education Conference
'Outside In / Inside Out: Shakespeare, the Globe and the Blackfriars'
Globe Education Conference 24-26 October 2008
Globe Education at Shakespeare's Globe is organising a major conference in
October in honour of Professor Andrew Gurr and to mark the 400th anniversary of
the re-acquisition of the Blackfriars Playhouse. The event, which is being
organised in partnership with the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia,
will bring together renowned scholars and theatre practitioners in the field of
Shakespeare and his playhouses to consider plays that were written for outdoors
theatres that transferred to indoor theatres and vice versa.
Professor Andrew Gurr, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of
Reading and former Director of Research at Shakespeare's Globe is a leading
theatre historian of the Shakespeare period and was instrumental in the research
behind the building of the new Globe, and this was recognised by him receiving
the Sam Wanamaker Award this year. He will give the Theo Crosby Fellowship
Lecture to open the conference on 23 October.
Director of Globe Education, Patrick Spottiswoode, said: "Globe Education runs
an annual conference that seeks to bring theatre scholars and theatre
practitioners together to share their differing perspectives on plays and
playhouses of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It is fitting that this
year's conference should focus on the Blackfriars Playhouse and is being held to
celebrate the work of Andrew Gurr. The 400th anniversary of the Blackfriars
provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the impact of moving to an indoor
theatre for winter performances at a time when the Shakespeare's Globe is
planning to build an indoor Jacobean Playhouse alongside the Globe. It also
provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the work of one of the most
influential theatre scholars who has also been one of the most significant
advisers to the Globe for over 30 years."
In 1596 James Burbage converted part of an old monastery in Blackfriars into an
indoor theatre. This was a small, candlelit space meant to entertain the
wealthiest citizens and aristocracy. Shakespeare's company moved into this
theatre in 1609 and may have performed exclusively there in the winter and at
the Globe in the summer. The Blackfriars Theatre in Stanton is a re-creation of
this theatre. The second part of the conference will be held there in Autumn 2009.
The conference programme will include sessions with John Astington, Ralph Cohen,
Claire van Kampen, Frank Hildy, Ros Knutson, Michael Hattaway, Lucy Munro, and
At the end of the conference weekend, the first of four of a season of Globe
Education's Read Not Dead staged readings will be performed. All four plays were
written for indoor playhouses.
Conference tickets cost ?100 and are available by calling the Box Office on +44
(0)20 7401 9919.
Further information from Katharine Grice on 020 7902 1468 or Fran Eyles on 020
7902 1491 or email
Notes to Editors
* Globe Education offers workshops, lectures, and evening courses to students
of all ages. It has a burgeoning research department led by Dr Farah
Karim-Cooper. For further information, telephone 020 7902 1433.
* Globe Theatre 2008 Season Totus Mundus, includes Shakespeare's King Lear, A
Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Timon of Athens as well
as two new plays, The Frontline and Liberty. Tickets are available on 020 7401
9919 / 020 7087 7398 or via
www.shakespeares-globe.org<http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/>and range in price
from ?5 to ?33.
* Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is open daily - May to September from 9am to
5pm and October to April from 10am to 5pm. Admission includes a guided tour of
the Theatre. For further information, telephone 020 7902 1500.
* Shakespeare's Globe Shop stocks a variety of products, including season
specific merchandise. Shakespeare's Globe is a registered charity and all
profits from sales go towards supporting our educational mission. Items can be
bought at the onsite shop or online at www.globe-shop.com
* The Shakespeare Globe Trust is a registered charity No.266916. The Globe
receives no public subsidy.
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