Panizzi Lecture II

On Tuesday I went with my Dad to the 2011 Panizzi Lecture (number 2) entitled – The Publication of Plays in Eighteenth-Century London; Playwrights, Publishers and the Market. The lecture was given by Prof. Robert D. Hume and Judith Milhous, and was a hugely informative talk – mostly going over my head but enjoyable nonetheless. They had done a huge amount of research into the publication of plays in the late 17th Century, through to the late 18th Century and discussed, how many plays were published, how frequently and how close to the performance they were published, and also how much the playwrights could hope to earn from their career choice. It was concluded that they would have to have personal wealth or another job, as being a playwright just didn’t pay!

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