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27/03/2012 (10:00-15:50)

Sunday 25th – Monday 26th March 2012 Theatre Royal Haymarket

An innovate two day conference, The Heart of the West End brought together some of the UK’s leading academics, theatre owners, makers, managers, performers and critics to discuss, debate and deliberate the West End’s, past, present and future.


Day 1 Programme (Sunday 25th March) 9.30am-4.30pm:

Keynote Speaker Jacky Bratton (Professor of Cultural History, RHUL)

Dangerous women: or, what’s wrong with the story of the West End?

Guest Speaker John Earl (Consultant on Historic Theatres)

West End Theatreland, Road Improvements and the Housing of the Working Classes

David Worrall (Nottingham Trent University)

484,691: Social Assemblage Theory and Theatre Economics in the Georgian West End

Marcus Risdell (Curator & Librarian, Garrick Club)

James Winston’s management at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

David Mayer (Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester)

Hotwiring West End Theatres

Anne Varty (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Oscar Wilde and Beerbohm Tree: A working relationship through letters

Catherine Hindson (University of Bristol)

Charity and the Popular West End Stage, 1880-1910

Simon Sladen (University of Winchester)

It’s Behind Us? British Pantomime in London’s West End

Exhibitions: A selection of material from the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s archives and selected reproductions from the Roy Waters Theatre Collection recently acquired by RHUL, including a letter from Oscar Wilde written just before the debut of A Woman of No Importance at the Theatre Royal Haymarket


Day 2 Programme (Monday 26th March) 10.00am-3.30pm

(Pictures: Dean O'Brien)

Masterclass: The Haymarket’s Focus on Young People

Chair: Helen Nicholson (RHUL)

Blayne George (TRH Masterclass)Alice Driver and Geoffrey Colman (Head of Acting CSSD) discuss the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s Masterclass Trust; a small charity that has a big impact on young people’s lives with a unique offering of masterclasses, apprenticeships and performance experiences. Masterclass is committed to using theatre and opening up the Theatre Royal Haymarket to inspire and empower young people – the talent of the future.

Performance and the Museum:

Engaging Audiences with Performance at the V&A

Chair: Gilli Bush-Bailey (RHUL)

Join V&A curators 

Kate Dorney & Geoffrey Marsh to hear how the Theatre & Performance department engages with West End theatre and contemporary performance through live recording, exhibition and display, performance events. They will also be previewing their forthcoming iPad app which draws on the rich resources of the collection to present a visual history of plays performed in Britain between 1945 and 2010.

Great West End Theatres:

Look Up and See the Building

Theatre producer, documentary director and actor Marc Sinden presented material from his newly launched series Great West End Theatres.


The Future of the West End

Chair: Karen Fricker (RHUL and Variety theatre critic)

Society of London Theatre (SOLT) / Theatrical Management Association (TMA) chief executive Julian BirdGuardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner, Sonia Friedman Productions Literary Associate Jack Bradley and playwright Richard Bean came together to discuss the future of the West End.

A full podcast of this session is available: http://www.whatsonstage.com/news/theatre/london/E8831332845083/WOS+Radio%3A+Heart+of+the+West+End+panel+tackle+future+of+West+End.html

The Heart of the West End was organised by Dr Gilli Bush-Bailey of the Department of Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with the V&A and Theatre Royal Haymarket who are hosting the event in their historic auditorium.




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