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Two Hundred Years of Autumn

Keats in Winchester

Autumn 2019 is the bicentenary of John Keats’s famous sojourn in Winchester – a stay during which he wrote his immortal ode To Autumn.

In honour of this notable anniversary, the University of Winchester is staging Two Hundred Years of Autumn, a celebration of Keats at Theatre Royal Winchester, as part of Winchester’s Keats in Winchester programme of events.

In collaboration with Hampshire Writers’ Society, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Winchester Poetry Festival, Winchester Writers’ Festival and Theatre Royal Winchester’s Youth Theatre, as well as our friends from the Keats Foundation and the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, the show will include performances of Keats’s work and of the winning entries in regional Keatsian writing competitions, as well as music, song and specially written scenes from Keats’s life adapted from his correspondence.

The show will also feature special performances from Blue Apple Theatre, Storm Cloud Theatre and the Bard Buskers.

Presented by the University of Winchester’s Faculty of Arts, in collaboration with Theatre Royal Winchester, Hampshire Writers’ Society and Winchester Writers’ Festival.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to Live Theatre Winchester Trust to support its creative learning work.

FREE Misguided Tour

As part of the University of Winchester’s celebration of the bicentenary of John Keats’s historic visit to our city, and as an absurdly comic prelude to our Keatsian celebration Two Hundred Years of Autumn, University of Winchester are offering an exclusive bonus (at no extra cost) for ticket-holders to a fictive walking tour of Winchester, led by veteran performance artists Richard Cuming and John Lee.

Believe not a word they say as they take you on one of their legendary misguided tours, a journey of discovery and disinformation around the city which Keats called his home for the many decades of his long life and in whose cathedral he today lies buried next to his aunt Jane Austen and his grandfather King Alfred the Great.

The tour will start at 6.15pm outside Winchester Discovery Centre, and is scheduled to reach Theatre Royal Winchester by 7.00pm, in time for a drink before the show. That much, at least, is certain.

Tickets for Richard and John’s Misguided Tour are free for ticket-holders to Two Hundred Years of Autumn, but should please be booked in advance via the university's Eventbrite page...