The Society for Theatre Research

2015-16 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.

Lectures are held either at the Art Workers' Guild, Bloomsbury (map), or at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn (map). All lectures are free and open to the public.

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The next lecture is:

Excavating Enthoven:
the Life and Times of a Theatre Collector

Thursday 11 February 2016 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall | map

Presented by DR KATE DORNEY
In 1924, Gabrielle Enthoven, the self-styled 'theatrical encyclopedia', successfully persuaded the Victoria & Albert Museum to accept her collection of playbills, prints, drawings, engravings and photographs as the basis for a department of theatre and performance. ... [read more...]

The Development of Professional Stage Management
Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall | map

Primary evidence from the earliest theatre-based companies in Britain indicates that ever since there have been professional theatres, there has been professional stage management. This lecture will explore the development of professional stage management in this country by... [read more...]

Re-evaluating the Actresses' Franchise League:
Suffrage Theatre, Networks and Activism

Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall | map

Presented by DR NAOMI PAXTON
The Actresses' Franchise League was formed in 1908 by a group of theatre professionals keen to support the work of the suffrage societies. Neutral in regard to tactics, the variety of their work and contributions to the performative propaganda of the suffrage movement shows... [read more...]

Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters
Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 7.30pm at the Art Workers' Guild | map

Shakespeare, a great chronicler of the family, seems particularly interested in the murderous rivalry of brothers and father-daughter relations (usually elderly fathers and very young daughters), from Titus Andronicus and Lavinia through to Prospero and Miranda. In his address, Oliver Ford Davies explores what this tells us about Shakespeare's development as a dramatist. ... [read more...]