Professor Tiffany Stern: Shakespeare’s Lavs and Loo Paper

An online event beginning at 7.00 pm

In this light-hearted but informative talk, Tiffany Stern explores the story of Shakespeare’s loos. She examines the use and placement of jakes, close stools and chamber pots, as well as methods for relieving oneself outside. She then looks at the range of materials that might be used before the invention of loo paper. Understanding loos can help reveal aspects of Shakespeare’s subtext, she argues, but, equally, plays could be the subtext, or matter, of loos.



Tiffany Stern, FBA, is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, having previously been Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Oxford. She specialises in Shakespeare, theatre history from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, book history and editing. She has published 11 books and editions, including Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000), Making Shakespeare (2004), Shakespeare in Parts (with Simon Palfrey) (2007; winner of the 2009 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies) and Documents of Early Modern Performance (2009; winner of the 2010 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies). General editor of New Mermaids Plays and the flagship Shakespeare series, Arden Shakespeare: 4. Her current projects are a book on theatre and fairs, a book on early modern product placement and an Arden 4 edition of The Tempest. She was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2019.


Tickets are £6 (£5 for Friends of The Rose) and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 8 June.

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

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