London’s Theatre of The East: Late Night Opening + Meet the Artists

12 February '20 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A rare and final opportunity to explore the London’s Theatre of The East exhibition for free at twilight!

The London’s Theatre of The East exhibition invites artists, researchers and the public to (re)examine the historical connections of the Middle East and North Africa and London, via the lens of Dr Johnson’s 1749 play, Irene, set during the fall of Constantinople.

Four artists and writers – Nour HageHannah Khalil, Lena Naassana and Saeida Rouass – were commissioned to respond to the historical context and content of the play, with the support of academic advisors including Professor Jerry Brotton, author of This Orient Isle. The artists examined the period and influential encounters between London and the region from the 16th century onward, when Queen Elizabeth I first started trading with Muslim nations. Their responses are showcased in an exhibit throughout Dr Johnson’s House, and Lena Naassana and Saida Rouass will both be attendance to have informal chats about their work with the public.

Come and explore these largely hidden histories of trade and migration, their impact on society and culture, and the subsequent ripples into the present day.

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the night!


Dr Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London, EC4A3DE


The Arab British Centre and Dr Johnson's House