Christmas Lectures: Christmas on the Modern Stage

Christmas Lectures at Storyhouse Running from
Last event: Wednesday 4 December at 12pm
  • Free (booking required)
  • Garret Theatre

Part of: Christmas and New Year 2019

A Christmas Lecture with Paul Johnson
A series of one-hour lectures covering a range of fascinating subjects delivered by faculty members of the University of Chester.

The Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s great work of 1879, begins with Nora returning home (to the Doll’s House of the title) laden with Christmas presents; Tom Eyen’s Off-off Broadway play Aretha in the Ice Palace (1970) is set in Santa’s workshop; the hit musical Rent (1996) opens on a scene of struggling artists in the East Village trying to keep warm on Christmas Eve.

This lecture explores how playwrights have used Christmas in the last 140 years of theatre history, and the ways in which ideas of Christmas have been used to represent ideas as varied as rebirth, consumerism, or religious hypocrisy.

Duration

Approx 60 mins

Season Christmas and New Year 2019
Storyhouse

It’s Storyhouse’s third Christmas! We’re celebrating the festive season with films, events, activities, and our big family Christmas show: Peter Pan!