Shakespeare and the Closure of Theatres

A one-day international online lunchtime colloquy on 22 April 2021

Plague doctorThe English Research Institute at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, is running a one-day international lunchtime colloquy on 22 April 2021 to reflect on closure of theatres in Shakespeare's time and our own. It'll happen from 12noon to 2pm.


12noon Opening Welcome from Gabriel Egan

12.02-12.30pm Rory Loughnane (University of Kent) "Plague and the Publication of Shakespeare's Plays" Rory Loughnane is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Early Shakespeare, 1588-1594 (Cambridge, 2020) and a forthcoming Works of Cyril Tourneur (Revels Plays). He is a General Editor of The Oxford Marlowe, an Associate Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and a Series Editor of Routledge's Studies in Early Modern Authorship. He was awarded the 2019 Hoffman Prize for work in Marlowe studies, and was elected as a Plumer Visiting Fellow at Oxford in 2020.

Three papers introduced and chaired by Siobhan Keenan:

12.30-12.50pm Patrick Hart (Bilkent University) on "Asking Death's Aid Against Death: Shakespeare's Plaguey Petrarchism & the Closing of the Theatres"

12.50-1.10pm Darren Murphy (Queen's University Belfast) on "You Had To Be There: The Challenge of Creating 'Presence' in Plays without a Live Audience"

1.10pm-1.30pm Cason Murphy (Iowa State University) on "The Plague's the Thing: How a Modern-Day Pandemic Brought the Bard Online"

1.30-2pm Questions and Answers


The colloquy is free to all speakers and attendees. To book, please send your name and email address to organizer Gabriel Egan <>. You will get an acknowledgement email, usually within 2 working days of you making your booking. We'll then get back to you approximately 24 hours before the session begins with joining instructions for the MS Teams event. We will hold your name and email address only for the purpose of communicating with you about this colloquy and will not pass them on to any other people or organisations.