David Mitchell and Mary Beard on Rulers and Power | How To Academy



Tue, 28 November 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

David Mitchell and Mary Beard on Rulers and Power

Live In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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Madness. Murder. Insurrection. Taking us on a wild ride from Julius Caesar to Elizabeth I, Mary Beard and David Mitchell share the histories of Rome and England like you’ve never heard them before.

Cambridge Professor Mary Beard has done more than anyone to bring the world of ancient Rome to life again. Comedian David Mitchell once studied history and won’t let it off the hook for the mess it’s made of everything.

Now they come together to tell the story of our rulers — from the emperors who ruled Britannia under the Roman occupation to the English kings and queens who succeeded them.

With an all-star cast of mad-men, philosophers, narcissists, and thugs, beheadings, assassinations, insurrections, uncivil wars, and at least one total Cnut, this one-of-a-kind live event will tell you an awful lot about our past and explain an unfortunate amount about our present. Don’t miss it.


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Mary Beard


Mary Beard is Emerita Professor and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and the classics editor of the TLS. She has worldwide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning PompeiiSPQR, and Women & Power. She has made numerous TV series and her books have been published in over thirty languages. She is a judge for the 2023 Wolfson History Prize.

David Mitchell


David Mitchell has starred in many of the UK’s best-loved TV shows, including Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Upstart Crow. He is a team captain on Would I Lie to You? (BBC One), the host of The Unbelievable Truth on Radio 4 and one of the Observer’s most popular columnists.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.