ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: History of Theatre from Greek and Roman times to the present day

Monday 6 April 2020

This talk gives a panoramic overview of two and a half thousand years of theatre history, tracing the origins of theatre traditions and showing how social and political influences have affected the theatre over this period.

It looks at the Greeks, Romans and Elizabethans with their vast outdoor theatres and daylight performances to the Georgians and Victorians with their smaller indoor and elitist palaces. The talk shows how actors and audiences behaved, how the plays were received and how we became the most renowned nation in the world for its theatre.