CASANOVA: ACTOR, LOVER, PRIEST, SPY WITH IAN KELLY

CASANOVA: ACTOR, LOVER, PRIEST, SPY WITH IAN KELLY

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) would be appalled by his contemporary reputation. A fiercely proud polymath and intellectual, the posthumous publication of his sexually frank memoirs utterly eclipsed his many other claims to fame.

In a lavishly illustrated talk, the historian, actor and dramatist Ian Kelly – will illuminate Casanova’s travels – focusing on his adventures around Georgian Soho. Librettist, mathematician, trainee priest, lottery winner – Casanova was much more than just a sensualist – but on love and sex, too, he holds an important place in contemporary thinking on the continuing impact of the Enlightenment.

Ian Kelly
Ian Kelly’s works include the West End hit play Mr Foote’s Other Leg, biographies including Beau Brummell, Casanova (Sunday Times Biography of the Year) Antonin Carême (Cooking for Kings) Samuel Foote (Winner, Theatre Book of the Year 2013) and Vivienne Westwood and also screenplays on Robert Burns and George F. Handel. Mr Foote's Other Leg, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, ran at the Theatre Royal Haymarket 2015-2016. ‘Casanova' with Northern Ballet premiered in 2017 at Sadler’s Wells and has just been named 2017’s 'Outstanding Achievement in Dance’ with BroadwayWorld.Ian Kelly’s ‘Casanova’ was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2008. The recent Northern Ballet ‘Casanova’ was based on the biography, scenario by Ian Kelly and Kenneth Tindall. It has just been filmed for digital broadcast.

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