London on Stage: A Theatrical Excursion – A Maggie Collins Christmas Lecture

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5 December 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30pm

London, The Art Workers' Guild

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London on Stage: A Theatrical Excursion – A Maggie Collins Christmas Lecture

The Maggie Collins Christmas Lecture

London on Stage: A Theatrical Excursion

Delivered by Horatio Blood

Drawing upon the rich wealth of pictorial evidence in the engraved sheets of characters and scenes of the English toy theatre, or Juvenile Drama, Horatio Blood will explore how London was presented on stage during the early nineteenth century.

The capital’s river, bridges, streets, public buildings and theatres provided the settings against which many melodramas were enacted. The pantomimes in particular were played out against a background of London shop fronts, with the shopkeepers, tradesmen and street folk acting as the supporting cast to the antics of Harlequin and Clown. Particular attention will be given to the sensational popularity of the numerous rival productions of Pierce Egan’s Life in London.

As well as preserving a unique record of stage scenery and costumes, these cheap prints also provide an overlooked topographical depiction of a lost metropolis, and are as evocative and informative as the drawings of George Scharf or Tallis’s Street Views.

Horatio Blood is an erratic transpontine showman with a particular passion for the English toy theatre, about which he has written, lectured and curated exhibitions. In league with his esteemed company of strolling players, his exuberant pasteboard performances of The Miller and his MenLife in LondonCaptain Ross, the Hero of the Arctic RegionsThe Corsican BrothersThe Battle of WaterlooBlackbeard the Pirate and The Vampire have been presented at the Theatre Museum, Art Workers’ Guild, Guildhall Library, Scott Polar Research Institute, National Theatre, British Museum, Old Royal Naval College and Stone House.


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