UoB BMVP Fiona Ritchie Public Lecture: The Shakespeare Repertoire of the Jacob’s Wells Theatre in Bristol, 1741-48

1 March 2018, 5.00 PM - 1 March 2018, 7.00 PM

Fiona Ritchie

Lecture Room, Theatre Dept / Van Dyk Building, Cantocks Close, BS8 1UP

**WITH REGRET, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS** 

UoB Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Fiona Ritchie from McGill University, Toronto, will give a public lecture, entitled: The Shakespeare Repertoire of the Jacob’s Wells Theatre in Bristol, 1741-48

Much is known about Shakespeare performance in London in the eighteenth century but we have comparatively little information about performances of the dramatist’s work outside the capital in the period, the age in which he became canonised as England’s national poet. Bristol’s Jacob’s Wells Theatre offers a fascinating case study, thanks to the existence of its account book in the Bristol Central Library and supporting documentation in the University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection. These sources demonstrate how the theatre operated, offering us a rare glimpse into regional performance culture in the eighteenth century. This talk will explore the extent to which the rise of Shakespeare so prevalent in the capital was also a provincial phenomenon with distinct regional inflections.

All welcome, and the talk will be followed by a drinks reception. 

 

 

Contact information

Catherine Hindson

IAS BMVP Fiona Ritchie, visiting spring 2018