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Dr Johnson's House - After Hours

Thursday 5 October until 8.30pm

Visit us in the evening for a last chance to see our current exhibition Collecting Johnson before it closes to the public. All four floors of the House will remain open for visitors to view our current displays, so why not enjoy exploring the House at twilight with a complimentary glass of wine.

No need to book, just turn up on the day! Normal admission prices apply.

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Dr Johnsons House at twilight

Gleanings from the First Edition of the Life of Johnson.

Tuesday 10 October 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Join author Terry Seymour for a discussion of how Boswell’s first edition of The Life of Johnson was published. Find out more about the 42 personalised, presentation copies of Boswell’s magnum opus, which were produced as presents, received by such figures as King George III.
Terry is the author of Boswell’s Books: Four Generations of Collecting and Collectors, published last year by Oak Knoll Press. He is currently developing a comprehensive catalogue of the library of Thomas Ruddiman. He has already collated the rare copies of Ruddiman’s printed work, Bibliotheca Romana, with the auction catalogue of the sale of Ruddiman’s library held in February 1758.
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James Boswell

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Sundays 19 and 26 November, 3 and 10 December, 4pm and 6pm. Please select your chosen date and time below when booking tickets. Refreshments included

Palimpsest return to Dr Johnson's House with specially commissioned monologue, "Star", marking David Garrick's tercentenary. Set in 1747, Garrick radically overhauls British Theatre, becoming the brightest star in the firmament.

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Palimpsest's Garrick

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Thursday 30 November 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

David Garrick is commonly credited with creating what we might now call “The Shakespeare Brand.” Despite his apparent devotion to this dramatist, he rewrote many of the plays, often repeatedly, before presenting them to London audiences. This talk will present the disparities apparent in Garrick’s response to Shakespeare, which veered significantly between hero worship and textual butchery.
Dr. Sheila T. Cavanagh is Professor of English at Emory University. Founding director of the World Shakespeare Project (www.worldshakespeareproject.org) and Director of Emory’s Year of Shakespeare (2016-2017), she was recently Fulbright/Global Shakespeare Distinguished Chair in the UK. Author of Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in the Faerie Queene and Cherished Torment: the Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania, she has published widely in the fields of pedagogy and of Renaissance literature.

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David Garrick as Richard III

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Bluestocking Anti-Classicism

Monday 4 December 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

Elizabeth Carter is best known as an eighteenth-century neoclassicist, for her translation of the Philosopher Epictetus, and for the neoclassical themes which pervaded her poetry. Through analysis of Carter's correspondence with her intellectual companions, this talk will expose a powerful vein of scepticism in their attitude towards ancient Athens as a grim antithesis to modern Britain. Jack Orchard is a third year PhD Student working between Swansea University and the Electronic Enlightenment programme at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. He is working on a thesis on Reading and Epistolary Practises in the Networks of Catherine Talbot, Elizabeth Carter and Elizabeth Montagu.

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Elizabeth Carter

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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

6 September

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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