Wednesday, Nov. 30

8 p.m. (Eastern time)

Theatres of London: How, Where and Why


This webinar will examine how theatre buildings in London developed, where they were placed and why. We’ll look at the development of Elizabethan theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as later theatres of the 17th and 18th centuries that were developed with permission from the Crown. We’ll also explore an overriding factor in all of this—the tension between the “square mile” of the Corporation of London (which was guided by finance and trade) and the Crown, which was based in adjoining Westminster. We will conclude with a peek at how these historical factors can still be seen in the way London theatre is laid out today.



Please register by Monday, Nov. 28. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event.


Instructor: Todd Wronski

Todd, a professor of theatre, has served on the Dickinson faculty for the past 35 years. He served as the director of the college’s humanities program in England for four years and has taught or co-taught 10 summer-session study-abroad programs based in London. These include England: City-Country, Mind-Body; Place and Performance, Religious and Theatrical; and London: The Political Arts. Before coming to Dickinson, Todd was active in professional regional theatre, with credits including work with the Guthrie Theater, the Dallas Theater Center and others. Todd has directed and produced theatrical works at international venues, including Randolph Studio (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Berliner Arbeiter Theatre (Berlin, Germany), the UEA Studio Theatre (Norwich, England), and the Teatro Bicchieraia (Arezzo, Italy). Todd's recent performances include playing Mark Twain opposite British actor Tom Watson in Dickens and Twain: A Special Relationship in England, Scotland and the U.S.; and a revival of his one-man play based on the life and writings of William Saroyan (to mark the centenary of Saroyan's birth), which was performed in San Francisco, Fresno, New York City and Yerevan, Armenia. He holds an MFA from Trinity University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.   


Want to learn more? Join us on our Alumni Global Adventure next summer for London On Stage from Aug. 13-20, 2023 with Professor Wronski!

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