Staging Hell: Dante’s Inferno in Performance

An illustrated talk by Prof. Nick Havely

30th September 2021 at 19:30 BST

The talk takes a broadly chronological approach to the rich tradition of performing Dante’s Inferno focusing on visual and dramatic media, and will discuss several aspects of staging Dante’s Comedy from the Middle ages until the 21st century”.


is Emeritus Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York,where he taught courses on English and Italian literature from 1971 to 2011. His recent work on Dante includes the Blackwell introductory Guide to the poet (2007); two edited collections of essays on Dante’s reception in the nineteenth century; and a book for which he received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, Dante’s British Public: Readers and Texts, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2014).

In this current anniversary year (the 7th centenary of Dante’s death, he is also publishing two volumes as editor: a new translation of the Purgatorio by 16 contemporary poets, After Dante: Poets in Purgatory (see press release attached); and Dante Beyond Borders: Contexts & Reception (a collection of essays by an international group of scholars). A project in progress is Apennine Crossings, a book for a general readership on travellers in the Tuscan mountains, from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. Nick Havely is a member of the Oxford Dante Society, has been a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, and was recently elected an Honorary Member of the Dante Society of America.

This event is free of charge for Members of the Aberdeen Italian Circle or Società Dante Alighieri. For guests we request a donation of £5 per screen, or whatever you can afford, to help us offset our costs. You can donate here:

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Watch a recording of this event HERE