Academic journal article Theatre Notebook

Theatre in the Regency Era: Plays, Performance, Practice 1795-1843

Academic journal article Theatre Notebook

Theatre in the Regency Era: Plays, Performance, Practice 1795-1843

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Downing College, University of Cambridge

July 29-31, 2016

Convenors: Michael Burden, Michael Gaunt, Marcus Risdell, Vanessa L. Rogers, Barry Sheppard

Though the Regency period in Britain only technically lasted nine years (from 1811 to 1820), the man who became George IV exerted his influence for decades after his death, and his interest in theatre and the arts characterized the period. This is the era of an astonishing proliferation of new theatres, catering to a wider audience than ever before. New forms of entertainment appeared (equestrian, military, melodramatic), and theatrical amusements grew more diverse as managers, authors, and performers dealt with changes in contemporary taste and preoccupations, an increased awareness of social issues, and technological innovations, among other developments.

To reflect the interdisciplinary nature and commercial motivations of theatre in the Regency Era, the conference will feature papers by scholars exploring the period's dance, music and drama from a range of historical and methodological perspectives.

The conference will be held on the beautiful grounds of Downing College, Cambridge, and in its traditional nineteenth-century neo-classical rooms and Georgian-designed theatre auditorium. …

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