Online | Big with Child on Stage

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
21 Apr 2021
  • Talks
Hear about fictional and real occurrences of pregnancy in the Thespian world of around 1700.

13:00 | Online via Zoom, free but must be booked in advance

Researcher Anita Sikora uncovers the intriguing world of pregnancy on the London stage in the early 18th century. English actor Ann Oldfield and Italian opera singer Margherita Durastanti both continued to perform well into advanced pregnancy. Come and discover what reactions this caused – and how pregnancy was depicted in the theatre during this period.

Ten years ago 18th century opera caught her imagination and now Anita Sikora is undertaking PhD research at the University of Bath and Southampton. Researching maternity in Baroque opera, she has chosen an interdisciplinary approach between music history, theatre and gender studies.

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