„Playing Fair: Theatres and Fairs in the Time of Shakespeare“

25. April 2024 19:00

Professor Tiffany Stern

The Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Rhein-Neckar e.V.
invites you to a talk entitled
Playing Fair: Theatres and Fairs in the Time of Shakespeare
with Professor Tiffany Stern

This talk tells the story of London fairs on the one hand, and theatre on the other, in the time of Shakespeare. It focuses on two fairs — Bartholomew Fair and Southwark Fair – and on moments in the plays of Shakespeare that arise from fairground activity. Considering performing monkeys, magic tricks and puppet shows on the one hand, and looking at plays including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest on the other (quotations are explained in context, so no expertise in these plays is required), it reveals how London fairs and theatre were interdependent in ways that are thought-provoking and, sometimes, hilarious.

Biographical Notes:
Tiffany Stern is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, having previously been Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Oxford. She has published thirteen books and editions on 16th to 18th century dramatic literature, book history, theatre history, editing and Shakespeare, including Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000), Making Shakespeare (2004), [with Simon Palfrey] Shakespeare in Parts (2007), Documents of Early Modern Performance (2009), and Shakespeare, Malone and the Problems of Chronology (2023). She is the General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (16th century; with Stephen Greenblatt), and Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series (with Peter Holland and Zachary Lesser). She was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2019.

Admission is free to members; non-members are requested to make a donation of EUR 5 towards expenses (“Unkostenbeitrag”).
Out of consideration to the speaker and audience, please do not eat during the talk but either before or afterwards. Please come in good time to order and get your drinks before the talk starts.