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Special Events

12 January 2015 (5pm)
Book Launch: “Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939”, edited by Len Platt, Tobias Becker and David Linton, Cambridge University Press 2014.

Venue: Court Room at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Panel discussion with the editors, Dominic Symonds (University of Lincoln), Vivienne Richmond (Goldsmiths University of London), chaired by Imke Henkel (Die Zeit), organized by the DFG/AHRC-project Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

In the decades before the Second World War, popular musical theatre was one of the most influential forms of entertainment. This is the first book to reconstruct early popular musical theatre as a transnational and highly cosmopolitan industry that included everything from revues and operettas to dance halls and cabaret. Bringing together contributors from Britain and Germany, this collection moves beyond national theatre histories to study Anglo-German relations at a period of intense hostility and rivalry. Chapters frame the entertainment zones of London and Berlin against the wider trading routes of cultural transfer, where empire and transatlantic song and dance produced, perhaps for the first time, a genuinely international culture. Exploring adaptations and translations of works under the influence of political propaganda, this collection will be of interest both to musical theatre enthusiasts and to those interested in the wider history of modernism.

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1 November 2014 to 30 January 2015

Remembering East Germany’s Peaceful Revolution.
Twenty-Five Years Later

The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, and is based on Molly Andrews` longitudinal research project (1992-2012) “The Unbuilidng of East Germany: Excavating Biography and History”. In the project, political psychologist Molly Andrews with the assistance of Birgit Schmitt interviewed in 1992 and again in 2012 fifteen people who played a prominent role in the changes of 1989. The exhibition combines reflections from these artists, actors, religious leaders, scientists, and politicians with archival materials from the Robert Havemann Gesellschaft, the leading archive of East Germany’s dissident movement, shedding light on the experience of living through revolutionary change.

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