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25 March 2020The Arts Society Lavant Valley Study Day - 450 years of Theatre, from Shakespeare to Stoppard
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The Arts Society Lavant Valley Study Day - 450 years of Theatre, from Shakespeare to Stoppard Giles Ramsay Wednesday 25 March 2020

This wonderfully entertaining study day at the Assembly Room, Chichester will take us on a merry romp through 450 years of theatre. Study days provide a more in-depth look at a subject and consist of three one hour lectures with intervals for refreshments and lunch. This year we will be serving tea and homemade cakes afterwards giving everyone a chance to review the day with friends.

10:30 Lecture 1

11:30 Tea/coffee and biscuits

12:00. Lecture 2

13:00 Lunch Interval

14:00 Lecture 3

15:00 Vote of thanks followed by tea, cake and conversation.

The reign of Elizabeth I saw the birth of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, and the building of the Globe Theatre, where many of his plays were performed. This was the beginning of the golden age of theatre. With the Civil War this era came to an end, but was succeeded after the Restoration by the rise of the Comedy of Manners, featuring the plays of dramatists such as Congreve, Wycherley and Farquhar. Their plays became popular with the public due to their complicated plots as well as their wit, cynicism and licentiousness.

The 18th century brought the opening of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres and the rise of the great theatre managers, David Garrick and Henry Irving, known for their declamatory style. The Victorian age was characterised by melodrama, music hall and ‘freak shows’.

The 20th century began with the drawing room comedies of Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan, but by the 21st century both playwrights had fallen out of fashion. A breakthrough came in the 1960s with John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. This new naturalistic style of acting was a revolution in theatre, and Osborne was quickly followed by others including Harold Pinter, Joe Orton, Edward Bond and Tom Stoppard. Another golden age of theatre had begun.

Bring your own lunch and we will provide a glass of wine or soft drink. Members are welcome to bring guests

Cost for the Day (including: morning tea/coffee and biscuits; wine/soft drink at lunchtime; tea and homemade cake afterwards)

Members £30, Guests and Waiting List £35

N.B. Refunds can only be made if tickets are re-sold. Please notify Janet on 02392 413664 if you can’t attend.

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Study Day: 450 Years of Theatre — from Shakespeare to Stoppard 25th March 2020 at The Chichester Assembly Room

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