FURTHER GOOD NEWS: Paul McGarrity of Museum of London Archaeology will also be joining us to talk about the site of the Cockpit-Phoenix.
London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
Date: 9 September 2017
Cost: £30 including lunch
Led by: Dr Rebecca Bailey (Liverpool John Moores University) and Dr Eva Griffith (independent scholar & early theatre historian)
Organised to coincide with ‘Life on the London Stage’, an exhibition at the LMA, The First Playhouse in Drury Lane: a symposium on the Cockpit-Phoenix will mark the 400th anniversary year of a famous riot at this, the first playhouse in Drury Lane. The history of the ‘West End’ is variously told but rarely begins with consideration of the Cockpit, an indoor theatre built for Queen Anna’s men by their actor-manager Christopher Beeston. Despite obvious initial troubles, with Beeston renaming it ‘the Phoenix’ after the Shrovetide attack of 1617, this venue successfully produced drama from old repertoires while welcoming the new too – with Thomas Heywood as representative on the one hand and James Shirley on the other.
|9.45am||Registration and pack collection|
|10.00||Eva Griffith: ‘Christopher Beeston and the Cockpit in documents’ – an introductory talk using documents in the Huntley Room|
|10.25||Rebecca Bailey (Liverpool John Moores University): ‘James Shirley and the Cockpit-Phoenix stage’|
|10.50||Short break to view documents|
|11.05||Lucy Munro (King’s College, London): ‘Queen Henrietta Maria’s Theatrical Patronage Revisited’|
|11.25||Eoin Price (Swansea University): ‘Reviving Failure at the Caroline Cockpit’ (The Knight of the Burning Pestle)|
|12noon||‘Life on the London Stage’ exhibition tour with LMA introduction|
|12.20||Christopher Matusiak (Ithaca College, New York): ‘The Cockpit at War, 1642–1656’|
|12.40||Stephen Watkins (University of Southampton): ‘Davenant at the Cockpit’|
|2.00||The Cockpit in Performance, with actors led by Jason Morell: Extracts performed from: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Siege of Rhodes, The Fair Maid of the West, The White Devil, A New Way to Pay Old Debts and James Shirley’s The Young Admiral and The School of Complement|
|3.00||Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores University): ‘Introducing Shakespeare North’|
|3.20||Round table discussion: Recent Theatre History, Theatre History, Archaeology and Architecture. Can we call 1616 the beginning of ‘West End Theatre’?
Including Peter McCurdy (builder of the Sam Wanamaker), Patrick Spottiswoode (Shakespeare’s Globe Education), Julia Merritt (University of Nottingham) and Paul McGarrity (Museum of London Archaeology)