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Sheridan, theatre and public opinion workshop and conference

Friday 17 June 2016, 11.00AM to 4.45pm 18 June

Old Price Riots, Isaac Cruikshank, 1809

This workshop and conference addresses the question of Georgian theatre and public opinion.

The workshop, Sonic Theatre: Booing, Hissing, Clapping,  will take place at the Theatre Royal, Richmond, Britain's oldest working theatre in its original form, on the afternoon of 17th June.  In the workshop, various experiments will be made with booing, hissing, laughter and sound effects to see how opinion was expressed and made in the theatre in physical terms.  There will be a healthy dose of audience participation. A coach will be available to take participants from York to Richmond.  

COACH TRIP Please gather at the gates of the King's Manor at 11.25am, to be escorted to the coach at  Marygate, where it will depart at 11.40am.  We hope to arrive back at York at 6.00pm. 

At the one-day conference on 18th June at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the King's Manor,  York, papers  will address theatre and public opinion, with a special emphasis on Richard Brinsley Sheridan and his circles. Speakers include Daniel O' Quinn (Guelph), David O' Shaughnessy (Trinity College Dublin), Gillian Russell (Melbourne), David Francis Taylor (Warwick),  Rebecca Tierney-Hynes (University of Waterloo, Canada), Anna Fitzer, University of Hull. Robert Jones (University of Leeds) and Martyn Powell (University of Aberystwyth) will be speaking about their edition of Sheridan's speeches.


Conference Saturday June 18, Sheridan, Theatre, and Public Opinion

9.30 Registration, Tea and Coffee. Welcome

10-11pm Daniel O’Quinn. "Rehearsals: Buckingham, Garrick, Sheridan"


Rebecca Tierney Hynes. “Fielding and Walpole: Public Feeling and the Invention of Political Celebrity”


Anna Fitzer 'A "gavel-kind of genius": Sheridan and Family'.

12.15-12.30 coffee

12.30 – 1.20 Robert Jones and Martin Powell.

“Sheridan in Parliament: The Speeches and their Performance”

1.20 – 2.15 Lunch

2.15-3.30 David O’Shaughnessy. ‘Censorship and Pilon’s The Humours of an Election (1780)'


David Francis Taylor. The Comedy of Macbeth: Political Prints and Dramatic Form".

3.30-3.45pm coffee

3.45-4.45pm Gillian Russell . “'The politics of hissing: within and without the theatre'. “

The conference will finish at 4.45pm.



Tickets are available via Eventbrite at

There are two types of tickets.

£25 Two-day Ticket:  This ticket includes the coach trip from York to Richmond and return, and entry to the workshop at the Theatre Royal, Richmond on 17th June, and entry to the day conference on 18th June (light refreshments provided).

£10 Ticket for one-day conference on 18th June:   This ticket is for entry to the conference on 18th June at the King's Manor. It includes light refreshments. It does NOT include entrance to the workshop on 17th June.

There will be a number of free tickets available to members of the University of York.‌

Location: Day 1 Theatre Royal Richmond (Transport from York provided) Day 2 K/133 The King's Manor

Admission: £25 for two days, £10 for one-day conference on Saturday 18th June