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Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf


January 27, 2023
Harold Prince Theatre
PLA Presents
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With dragons, demons and heroic quests, the Old English epic poem Beowulf has captivated the masses for centuries. Now, in a “double tour de force of scholarly excavation and artistic dynamism,” (San Francisco Chronicle) renowned performer Benjamin Bagby uses his voice and the Germanic harp to present the medieval text, evoking an entire ancient world on stage. Seldom seen in Philadelphia, Bagby makes his Penn Live Arts debut and “comes as close to holding hundreds of people in a spell as ever a man has...That is much too rare an experience.” (The New York Times)

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January 26 at 5:15 PM:
Kislak Center Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor, 3420 Walnut Street
Join us for a special conversation with Benjamin Bagby and Penn faculty members Caroline Batten (English), Emily Steiner (English), Mary Channen Caldwell (Music) and David Wallace (English). Learn about the process for bringing Beowulf from the page to performance and view a display of Beowulf editions and related materials. » Learn more and register now

January 27:
Stay after the show for a discussion with Benjamin Bagby and Christopher Gruits, our Executive & Artistic Director.



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Photo credit: Courtesy Benjamin Bagby