Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Diversifying in London: Humour and Comedy of the comedia in the 21st Century

28 June 2022, 9:30 am–4:00 pm

Los mirones

This invitation-only event is all about whether the early modern play can still be funny in the 21st century, and how.

Event Information

Open to



Alexander Samson


Sala Luis Cernuda
Instituto Cervantes, 15 – 19 Devereux Court

This event brings together academic colleagues from across the country with a specialism in early modern Spanish theatre alongside translators, directors, performers and actors with an interest in Spanish language theatre. At the heart of the event will be a performance-as-research stage reading/premiere of the entremés Los mirones/The Gawkers


9.30 – 10.30: Here Come the Clowns: Comedia and the gracioso
CHAIR: tbc
Barbara Fuchs (UCLA), The gracioso and the metadramatic: Ana Caro 
Roy Norton (Oxford), Gracioso in Calderón
Eliot Shrimpton (GSMD), Clowns and Fools: From Will Kemp to Robert Armin

10.30 – 11 COFFEE

11 – 12: Clowning Around: Comedy and the comedia
CHAIR: Barbara Fuchs (UCLA)
Jonathan Thacker (Oxford), Calderón as a comic writer
Rich Rabone (Warwick), Theories of comedy in the Golden Age
David Amelang (UAM), Comic Parts 

12 – 12.15 SHORT BREAK

12.15 – 1.30: Messing with the Entremés
CHAIR: Alexander Samson (UCL)
John Beusterien, Dakota Tucker, Veronica Cora-Castillo (Texas Tech University), Translators of Los Mirones
Saraí Jaramillo and Aina Soley (UCLA), Translators of ‘El marión’
Laura Muñoz and Rhonda Sharrah (UCLA), Translators of ‘La casa holgona’

1.30 – 2.30 LUNCH

2.30 – 4: Clown Makeup: Golden Age Theatre and Contemporary Performance 
CHAIR: Catherine Boyle (KCL)
Rachel Kaufman, Writing Sonnets for Diversifying Translations
Simon Breden (Nottingham), Putting It On
Duncan Wheeler (Leeds), Performing the GA
Maria Bastianes (Leeds), EStages
Sarah Grunnar (Oxford/UCLA)

The event then moves to the Cervantes Theatre

5 – 6: Performance as Research: Staged Reading/Staging of Scenes from Los mirones
Actors from the Globe, Cervantes Theatre and Grumelot will perform short scenes/skits from the new edition and translation of the entremés

6 – 7.30: All the Fun of the Fair: Performance as Research: Los mirones / The Gawkers
Respondents: Barbara Fuchs (UCLA), Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe), Carlota Gaviño (Grumelot), Robin Kello (UCLA)

7.30 onwards: Reception in the bar

A collaboration between Grumelot, UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics, UCL SELCS, Texas Tech University, the Instituto Cervantes and Shakespeare’s Globe.


With funding from UCL Institute of Advanced Studies

Organised by Alexander Samson, Robin Kello and John Beusterien. Any queries should be sent to Dr Alexander Samson, a.samson@ucl.ac.uk