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Stan’s Cafe: The Anatomy of Melancholy

Stan’s Cafe bring The Anatomy Of Melancholy, perhaps the world’s most extraordinary self-help manual, to the stage.

Ten years ago a festival director challenged Stan’s Cafe to adapt this, his favourite book, for the stage, stating that they were the only company he could imagine pulling it off. So this is their attempt to bring The Anatomy Of Melancholy, perhaps the world’s most extraordinary self-help manual, to the stage.

The Anatomy of Melancholy has been described as “the greatest book ever written.” Nearly 400 years old, it is a vast, 1500-page attempt to identify the causes, symptoms and cures for all kinds of melancholy. Written by vicar and librarian Robert Burton it contains all the wisdom of its age – arcane, outlandish and hilarious. Yet, amidst the wild stories and suppositions, much of its advice remains as urgent and profound now as it did then.

This performance starts at 7.30pm and not 8pm as stated in our brochure. 

Related information

The Guardian
The making of The Anatomy of Melancholy, includes interview with Stan’s Cafe. [ Read ]

BBC Radio 4 Programme
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Robert Burton’s masterpiece The Anatomy of Melancholy.  [ Listen ]

  • Location
  • The Nuffield Theatre
  • Lancaster. LA1 4YW.
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