Renaissance Academic Drama and the Popular Stage

A two-day virtual conference, 11th – 12th June 2020

Update: we are pleased to announce that the conference will now be taking place online. To register, please email

Keynote speakers:

Professor Laurie Maguire (Oxford)

Professor Sarah Knight (Leicester)

With talks and screenings of performances directed by

Professor Elisabeth Dutton (Fribourg)

Perry Mills (Edward’s Boys)

Scholarship on early modern drama often keeps the research areas of academic and popular drama separate from one another, when in fact focusing on the relationship between them would greatly improve our understanding of the subject. The conference will therefore aim to provide the opportunity for scholars to consider further the convergence of these traditions by hosting academic work relevant to either, or with a particular focus on their interaction. The conference is interdisciplinary, being organised by the School of English in collaboration with the School of Classics. This association is particularly relevant to the topic of the conference, and mirrors the significant connections between ancient and early modern drama that developed through translation, adaptation, and imitation.

The conference will take place online on 11th-12th June. Registration is free. For enquiries and to register, please email

With grateful thanks to:

Society for Renaissance Studies

The Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama, St Andrews

The Medieval and Renaissance Research Group, St Andrews School of English

GRADskills/CAPOD, St Andrews

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College Community Fund, St Andrews

Organisers: Elena Spinelli (University of St Andrews) and Jonathan Gardner (University of St Andrews)

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