Prof Jonathan Bate

Prof Jonathan Bate
enthused about the Bard to a date
Pointing she asked "Is that Shakespeare?"
and dropped Rohypnol in his beer.

Very loosely inspired by listening to Prof Bate give a superb illustrated talk on next year's Shakespeare exhibition. Part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad taking place around the UK, the exhibition describes the life and times of Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare in terms of the objects associated with it that have survived. The lecture room at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution was packed for the talk.

These include hazelnut shells (the litter left behind after the groundlings had enjoyed the popcorn of their era) and a money-box into which each theatre-goer placed his silver penny admittance fee (wherefrom we derive the term 'box office').

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