Posted on 07/02/2012
The Theatre Royal Haymarket has teamed up with the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the V&A for a very special two day conference celebrating all that makes the West End the very best place for theatre in the world on Sunday to Monday 25th and 26th March 2012.
Sunday's presentations will focus on some of the extraordinary people and performances that have made the Theatre Royal Haymarket what it is today. Leading scholars and historians will talk about a wide range of topics from Oscar Wilde to Christmas panto, James Winston and his part in the founding the Garrick Club to the amazing Gatti family who held a virtual monopoly on providing electricity to light the West End stage. There will also be an exhibition of theatre ephemera, the launch of Jacky Bratton's new book on the Making of the West End, and renowned expert on West End theatre buildings, John Earl rounding up the day's events.
On Monday the focus will move to roundtable discussions with current theatre makers, critics and producers. What makes the West End special for them? What do audiences want from their 'good night out'? How important is 'Theatreland' to the future of the West End? The Theatre Royal Haymarket is at the heart of it all.
More details are available at http://www.trh.co.uk/book_tmwes.php