Goldoni, the Freemasons and the Mysteries: the female discovery trope in 18th century theatre

Goldoni, the Freemasons and the Mysteries: the female discovery trope in 18th century theatre

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an entertaining talk when Professor Matthew Leigh introduces his research on elements of freemasonry in early 18th century European comic dramas. Classics and Ancient History Tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford, Matthew is particularly interested in the comedies of Carlo Goldoni (1707–93), whose play, A Servant of Two Masters had a successful recent West End and Broadway revival as One Man, Two Guv’nors, staring James Corden.

Goldoni's Le donne curiose (1753) is one of several French and Italian dramas responding to the extraordinary growth of freemasonry across Europe after the foundation of the London Grand Lodge in 1717.
This free talk examines how such plays introduce key features of masonic ceremonies and how they identify with a continuation of ancient mysteries. The discovery trope in 18th century drama may originate from the initiation in c.1712 of Elizabeth St. Leger (later Aldworth) in an Irish Lodge, after she was discovered observing a meeting.

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18:30 18:30 Europe/London Goldoni, the Freemasons and the Mysteries: the female discovery trope in 18th century theatre Professor Matthew Leigh introduces his research on elements of freemasonry in early 18th century European comic dramas. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/05/09/goldoni-the-freemasons-and-the-mysteries-the-female-discovery-trope-in-18th-century-theatre-170127 The Library and Museum of Freemasonry,60 Great Queen Street, London, London,

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