We are sorry to let you know that our Cleopatra event at Knole has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with Guy Fawkes Day celebrations! It would be too difficult for attendees to make their way from Sevenoaks Station to Knole House. We are looking to reschedule the event and will post details as soon as we have any information.
We are delighted to announce that we will be giving a presentation on ‘Staging Cleopatra‘ at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, on 12th November at 3pm.
The Shakespeare Institute Players will be hosting us in a round table discussion between our director, producer, musical director, lutenist and cast members. We will talk about the research that underpinned the production, and share our experiences of the rehearsal process and the performance itself.
Cast members will perform extended scenes from our production, and we will also be screening clips from our DVD. It will be a unique opportunity to hear how the production has influenced our thinking about Daniel’s play, closet drama, and the dramatic involvement of elite early modern women; and to see that research in action.
The University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute is an internationally renowned research institution for the study of Renaissance drama. The Shakespeare Institute Players is the dramatic society for the postgraduate students of the Shakespeare Institute; they stage numerous productions of early modern plays each year, alongside evenings of dramatic readings, poetry and music. We are very excited that they have invited us to speak, and hope to see many of you there!
Entry is free to current Shakespeare Institute members, for all others tickets are £5, £3 concessions. Tickets available on the door, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 9 November, we will be making a very special presentation at Knole House in Kent, exploring whether Lady Anne Clifford played Daniel’s Cleopatra. This is a unique opportunity to hear the research that led to our recent production, and to see scenes from The Tragedie of Cleopatra recreated in the Great Hall at Knole, where the closet drama might originally have been performed 400 years ago.
Knole is one of the country’s most precious and exceptional historic houses, containing world class collections of royal furniture, silver, paintings and tapestries. It was built by the Archbishops of Canterbury in the fifteenth century, gifted to Henry VIII and remodelled in the seventeenth century by the Sackville family. Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676), one of the most remarkable women of the English Renaissance, lived here as a young wife. The house, set in a medieval deer park, has inspired writers, artists and visitors for centuries. Knole was the birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West, who went on to create the gardens at Sissinghurst. Knole was also the setting for Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando.
Booking details for this National Trust event are: Saturday, 9 November, 5pm-7pm, tickets £15 (bookable on 0844 249 1895).