Looking for Richard: Shakespeare in the Wild West

Part of  World's Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe

The first of four informal lectures from Guardian journalist Andrew Dickson, given as a visiting fellow for the 'Shakespeare on the Road' project (SBT/University of Warwick)

05 February 2014

  • Literary Event

Alexis de Tocqueville’s throwaway comment in Democracy in America (1831) that “there is barely a pioneer’s hut that does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare” has usually been written off as wild-eyed exaggeration.

In fact, if anything, it is an understatement, testament to an extraordinary enthusiasm for the plays in the mid-nineteenth-century US, which saw Shakespeare crowned as the most popular playwright on the American frontier.

This lecture explores the hidden history of Shakespeare in the American west, tracking the touring actors who brought Shakespeare with them through California and Colorado during the first flush of the gold rush, and who left marks of him littered across the landscape.

6.00 - 7.30pm, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tickets: £3 (available on the door) or free to students on production of a valid NUS card.


Part of the 'Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe' lecture series.

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