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Living with Shakespeare

October's Research Conversation

Exploring Shakespeare's life in Bishopsgate and why a remarkable 'cast' of neighbours were useful in establishing himself in London.

Join us every month for our free online Research Conversations. Taking place on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month, our Research Conversations provide you with the opportunity to attend free, online live sessions and listen to people who are engaged in Shakespeare-related research.

On the 13 October we delve into the new book 'Living with Shakespeare: St Helen's Parish, London 1593-1598' to examine where and when Shakespeare might have been lodging in St. Helen's parish, and the remarkable 'cast' of his neighbours - international merchants, M.P.s, Dutch/French refugees, musicians and scriveners connected to the theatre world, and some less salubrious characters.

Why would Shakespeare choose to lodge here? There is no clear answer but the adjacent Leathersellers' Livery Hall and The Bull Inn with its theatre could have been useful anchors of professional/employment networks for an immigrant from the provinces seeking to establish himself in London.

Led by Geoffrey Marsh, Director of Theatre and Performing Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum.

The event begins with a 30-minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion.

Please note this is an online event held on Zoom.


All of our Research Conversations are free, but if you are in the position where you are able to support us with a donation, no matter large or small, we would be incredibly grateful. As the independent charity dedicated to sharing Shakespeare's work, life and times with the world, we rely on the support of visitors, event attendees, donors and Friends for 98% of our income to help conserve the priceless Shakespearian heritage in our care. Thank you for your support.


Listen back: If you were unable to attend our previous virtual Research Conversations, you can catch up on our audio recordings here

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