a lecture by Jonathan Keates

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Host: Venice in Peril
Location: The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
Speaker: Jonathan Keates

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Where exactly was the Bard during his so-called 'lost years' between leaving his native Stratford and making his name as a playwright for the London stage?

'What if?' theories abound and Venice in Peril's chairman Jonathan Keates (also a Notting Hill Editions author, 'The Portable Paradise') now offers his own, as the Fund's contribution to this year's commemorative events.

What if Shakespeare actually visited Venice and the Veneto, which provide the settings for five of his plays? Evidence that he knew the world of Shylock and Portia, Romeo and Juliet and Katharina 'The Shrew' at first hand is compelling. The 'sweet swan of Avon' may, in his own words, have 'swum in a gondola'. But what precisely was his business there? Jonathan Keates has a few ideas.

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