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London's Theatre of the East - Meet the Artists

Saturday 9th November 2 - 5pm

Visit for free to see our current exhibition, London’s Theatre of the East and get a chance to meet the artists whose work is on display at the House. Explore all four floors of Dr Johnson’s House and discuss with our artists their varying responses to the theme of London’s links to the Middle East and North Africa over the past 500 years. You can read more about our exhibition here.

There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Ottoman Empire map

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London's Theatre of The East: Artists in Conversation

Thursday 14th November 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Join us for a conversation between the artists featured in our current exhibition, London’s Theatre of the East, organised in collaboration with the Arab British Centre. Novelist Saeida Rouass, documentary photographer Lena Naassana and textile designer Nour Hage will join Professor Jerry Brotton, author of This Orient Isle, and the Donald Hyde Curator of Dr Johnson’s House for a discussion on how each artist approached and responded to the theme of the historical connections of the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa with London, via the lens of Dr Johnson’s 1749 play, Irene, set during the fall of Constantinople in 1453.


Tickets £7/£4 - includes a complimentary glass of wine

Please select your ticket type

Moorish Ambassador

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London’s Theatre of the East - Late night opening

Tuesday 19th November 6pm - 8pm (last entry at 7.30pm)

A rare opportunity to explore the Dr Johnson's House at twilight and see all four floors of the museum, plus our upcoming exhibition for free.

You’ll also have a chance to meet the artists featured in London’s Theatre of the East in an informal setting and to discuss their exhibits with them, which are their responses to Johnson's 1749 play Irene and their research into the connections between the Middle East, North Africa and London. 

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

The House at twilight

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Irene at Dr Johnson’s House

Thursday 21 November 7pm (Doors open at 6.30)

When Irene premiered at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane in February 1749 it ran for a respectable but underwhelming nine nights. Johnson regarded it as a failure, as did James Boswell, who claimed his friend ‘had not the faculty of producing the impressions of tragedy’. But the time has come to revisit Johnson’s neglected play - join us in the home he was living in while Irene was originally staged for the first public performance of Johnson’s play in 270 years! 

This dramatic reading of Irene will be performed by the students from the English and Drama department of Queen Mary University London, under the direction of Dr Penelope Woods, Lecturer in Drama, with the advice of Professor Lois Potter, author of The Life of William Shakespeare, A Critical Biography,and Professor Emerita, University of Delaware.

Tickets £7 - includes a complimentary glass of wine

Irene frontispiece

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DR JOHNSON WALKS

Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

6 November

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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