Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society - Founded 1835


We stage fortnightly public talks on a wide range of topics, every other Monday throughout Winter and Spring.

Alongside the main Society, there are Sections specialising in Natural History and Geology.

The Society has a venerable history stretching back to the early 19th Century.

We work with Leicester City Council, Leicester New Walk Museum, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University to ensure the highest possible quality of speakers, who cover relevant topics of general and academic interest.

We exist to advance education in Literature, Science and Art for the benefit of all people. Membership is open to anybody.






MONDAY 09 NOVEMBER 18:50 – 21:00


How did the young Shakespeare get his break in the theatre? Between 1585, when he is last heard of in Stratford-Upon-Avon and 1592, when a dying dramatist in London parodied a line from ‘Henry V1, Part 3’ and told his colleagues to beware a new upstart who thinks himself “the only shake-scene” around, we do not know where Shakespeare lived or what he was doing. By 1592, William Shakespeare had broken into the theatre industry in London as an actor and a writer. He also seems to have had aspirations to be a non-dramatic poet, but it was his plays that made his fame and fortune. What other aspirations might Shakespeare have had?

In this talk, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Gabriel Egan, and PhD Student, Paul Brown, explore the start of Shakespeare’s career and his aspirations to be a published author, not just a man of the theatre.

18:50 Welcome

19:00 Professor Gabriel Egan Young Shakespeare’s Aspirations

19:50 PhD student Paul Brown The Theatre of the 1590s

20:00 Q&A

20:15 Explore Heritage Centre

20:30 Refreshments

21:00 Finish

Book your free place today:

Free refreshments will be provided.

T: 0116 257 7102

E: debbie.n.tinsley@dmu.ac.uk

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