Free talk! Professor Tiffany Stern explores the meaning of Time in the age of Shakespeare

“The two hours’ traffic of our stage…”

Shakespearean time traveller Professor Tiffany Stern.

Shakespearean time traveller Professor Tiffany Stern.

What does Shakespeare mean when the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet announces that the performance will last two hours? Join Professor Tiffany Stern at London’s new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as she asks how time was understood in an age of sandglasses, sundials and inaccurate clockwork. Considering the sound and the look of the instruments of time, this event will ask about Shakespeare’s works ranging from the practical to the editorial and to the analytical.

How long did Shakespeare’s plays take to perform? Why are Shakespearean characters associated with ways of measuring time? And what did terms like an hour, a minute, or a second actually convey to a Shakespearean audience?

Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Oxford. Her books include Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000), Making Shakespeare (2004), Shakespeare in Parts (2007) and Documents of Performance in Early Modern England (2009).

The two hours’ traffic of our stage: Time for Shakespeare – with Professor Tiffany Stern

Wednesday 21 May, 6pm-7.15pm Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

The talk is FREE to attend, but please register online here.

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