Digital hermeneutics and cross platform research: walking to the theatre in Shakespeare's London

1 September 2016 1.00pm 2.00pm


Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (Map)


Thomas Dabbs



This talk will present a street view of theatre routes that London playgoers walked before and during the Shakespearean period. In doing so, it will explore the cross-platform interoperability of new or relatively new digital projects in development. It will also look at the physical surroundings playgoers experienced while ambling to the theatres inside and outside the city and also probe into another crucial walk, the stroll through the St Paulís precinct. 

The nave of St Paulís, then called Paulís Walk, and the bookshops of Paulís Cross churchyard instantiated, by a type of cultural accident, a general centre for hearing the news and, for readers, the gateway to remaining au courant. Walking and browsing in this area was something of a prerequisite for playgoers and, for playwrights, a locale where one could hear what was on the buzz and also a reservoir from which to cull material for successful plays. 

There have been a number of recent and fine studies connecting London city life with the early modern theatre. This talk will examine how digital initiatives may advance this field by offering more insights into theatre going and into how plays were fashioned for then current audiences by Shakespeare and other playwrights.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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