Posted on 20/03/2012
Sunday 25th – Monday 26th March 2012
Theatre Royal Haymarket
An innovate two day conference, The Heart of the West End will bring 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.
Sunday 25th March
9.30am-4.30pm will include:
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
(Nottingham Trent University)
484,691: Social Assemblage Theory and Theatre Economics in the Georgian West End
(Curator & Librarian, Garrick Club)
James Winston’s management at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
(Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester)
Hotwiring West End Theatres
(Royal Holloway, University of London)
Oscar Wilde and Beerbohm Tree: A working relationship through letters
(University of Bristol)
Charity and the Popular West End Stage, 1880-1910
(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
Monday 26th March
10.00am-3.30pm will include the following round table discussions and presentations:
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
will present 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 Bird, Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner, Sonia Friedman Productions Literary Associate Jack Bradley and playwright Richard Bean come together to discuss the future of the West End.
The Heart of the West End is 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.
Tickets are now on sale for this extraordinary event and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket direct. Visit the box office in person, call 0845 481 1870 or log on to:
We have a limited number of 50 free passes for the 2.00pm panel: The Future of the West End
To claim your free pass email:
Free passes to this panel are issued on a strictly first-some-first-served basis.