The Society for Theatre Research

Winter Lecture Programme



This series of evening lectures, given by invited speakers, is held monthly in London during the winter. The lectures are open to everyone, and each is followed by discussion and refreshments. Included in the programme is a special Annual Address, usually in May following the Society's AGM, and the Christmas lecture, named in honour of the late Margaret Collins, whose substantial bequest to the Society, for the purpose of funding the lecture series, continues to make these evenings possible.


All lectures are free and open to the public

The next lecture is:


Macready & Forrest:
A Fatal Controversy; Or, It Started with a Hiss

Thursday 10th April 2014, 7.30pm, Swedenborg Hall, London

Presented by Professor Michael Gaunt
Chair: Dr Michael Read

William Charles Macready, was one of the great English nineteenth-century actors and Edwin Forrest is acknowledged as the first great American-born actor. Michael Gaunt will discuss their individual acting styles, their friendship and increasingly public rivalry. [read more...]



Indoors and No Heavy Lifting:
50 Years of Theatre Research

Wednesday 20th May 2014, 8.15pm (after the AGM at 7.30pm)
Art Workers' Guild, London

Presented by Professor Richard Foulkes
Chair: tba

Outgoing chairman Richard Foulkes reflects on his experiences as a theatre historian: the great collections (and some of their curators), sources of funding, the vagaries of publication, career prospects, distinguished colleagues, doctoral supervisions, technological changes (from card index to the internet) and the contribution of the Society for Theatre Research. [read more...]


Past Lectures in this series


The Decline and Fall of the British Rep
Tuesday 15th October 2013, 7.30pm, Swedenborg Hall, London

Presented by Richard Digby Day
Chair: Professor Michael Gaunt

The repertory movement began shortly after the Second World War, flourished in a variety of forms until the early '80s and has subsequently withered, with a few notable exceptions. [read more...]