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Call for Papers: Garrick and Shakespeare Conference

Date:18 December 2013, 2:00pm to
31 March 2014, 11:55pm
Location:Rose Theatre Kingston Upon Thames
Fee:TBC
Booking:TBC

David Garrick’s Kingston connections date from 1754, when he bought the house beside the Thames known ever after as Garrick’s Villa, and built his Shakespeare Temple, where he would be famously painted by Zoffany. So, as part of the 2014 “Kingston Connections” programme of events, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames will jointly host an academic conference from the 25th - 27th June 2014, to celebrate the great Shakespearean and commemorate his legacy to the Royal Borough.

Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural celebrity of his generation. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he did not employ were not sparing in their attacks. “Garrick and Shakespeare” seeks therefore to focus on his achievements as a Shakespearean interpreter and impresario, but also to re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation.

Papers are invited on any aspect of Garrick’s life and work, but topics it is hoped to open for new consideration include his French background, philosophical correspondence, aesthetic ideas, and impact as an arts adminstrator.  

Please send a 300-word abstract together with brief biog to fass-conferences@kingston.ac.uk . Deadline for abstracts is 31st March 2014.

The conference will take place: 25-27 June 2014 a draft programme and details of keynot speakers will be posted on this site in January 2014.

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