Geordie Players: Georgian Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Tuesday 23rd April | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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 Tuesday 23rd April | 6pm

Geordie Players: Georgian Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne

Declan McCormack

Who today has heard of West Digges, the ‘Roscius of the North’ or his friend the actor and pastoral poet John Cunningham? In this talk Declan McCormack tells the story of the development of professional theatre in Newcastle from the arrival of Thomas Kerrigan’s travelling company from York in the 1720s to the actor-manager Stephen Kemble’s final words on the boards of Newcastle’s first Theatre Royal in 1806. Hear more about Siddons fever: the child star Master Betty, Newcastle’s biggest-ever box-office earner; and the Berwick-raised actor George Frederick Cooke who launched the American star-system that continues in Hollywood today.

Declan McCormack won the Society of Theatre Research’s Kathleen Barker Award for his research on Northern Theatre in the long Eighteenth Century in 2015 and received his PhD from the University of York in 2022. His podcast Biographicon features many figures who have emerged from this research. Find out more at

An LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

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