This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Shakespeare’s London: A Living Stage Evening Lecture/Seminar Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1M2147 Select Your Tickets Resize text Sir John Falstaff arrested, at the suit of Mrs. Quickly! [Henry IV, pt. 2], engraving by George Cruikshank (detail) When young Will Shakespeare showed up in London some time before 1592, he found himself in a completely unfamiliar scene. London was becoming the largest and most important city in Europe. It was full of travelers from all over the world—a polyglot of different cultures and languages crammed together in narrow streets and taverns. The work of writing and performing plays was changing for playwrights and actors with the establishment of permanent playhouses and acting companies. Shakespeare was primed to make his mark. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores how London served as a backdrop and inspiration for his plays. It’s there, for example, in the ominous shadow the Tower casts over the history plays, the taverns that became Falstaff’s beloved Boar’s Head Inn, and the indoor playhouse at Blackfriars, close to the spot where Katharine of Aragon’s trial in Henry VIII had actually occurred. She reveals how Shakespeare was inspired by the humanity he observed—London’s nobility, merchants, artisans, laborers, actors, beggars, thieves, and more—to create the unforgettable worlds of his plays. Lloyd-Stanger is the former manager of visitor education at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.