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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Abolishing the slave trade on the London stage 1760-1807

Dr Brycchan Carey unveils new research about antislavery on the London stage in the late 18th century. Dramatists responded to the abolitionist movement by reviving old favourites such as Othello and Oroonoko, often rewritten for the times, but also adding new plays with titles such as The Benevolent Planters and The Negro Slaves - with mixed success. Carey will discuss the brief rise, and sudden demise, of aboltionist theatre in the 1780s and 90s in the context of the explosion of abolitionist literature in the late 18th century - Museum in Docklands, London, UK. Thursday 19 March, 1.10-2pm GMT

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