Wednesday, December 15th | 6:30pm-8:00pm | A Shakespearean Christmas


Many of our Christmas traditions—Santa Claus, heavily decorated trees, candy canes—are of fairly recent origin, but a few of them can be traced back to William Shakespeare’s time. How did Shakespeare celebrate Christmas? This lecture will look at the food, drink, songs, and traditions that marked the holiday in Elizabethan England, but will also introduce some beliefs that will seem a bit strange. A character in Hamlet, for example, insists that, during the Christmas season, ghosts, fairies, and witches simply must behave!

This class is appropriate for ages 18+.

This class will take place at Rochester Brainery, located at 176 Anderson Ave f109, Rochester, NY 14607.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Catherine Loomis is a Shakespeare scholar who writes about early modern women and Queen Elizabeth I. She is the author of The Death of Elizabeth I and a biography of William Shakespeare.

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