The Society for Theatre Research

2016-17 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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"Quick, Clean, Smart & Bright":
The Broadhead Theatres in Manchester

Thurs 12th January 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr. Victoria Garlick
"Quick, Clean, Smart and Bright" was the motto of the Broadhead theatre circuit. Developed by William Henry Broadhead (1848-1931) and his sons William Birch (1873-1907) and Percy (1878-1955), the circuit was constructed between 1896 and 1913, and consisted of seventeen venues in the North-West of England. ... [read more...]



Dame Monica Mason OBE
7th February 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dame Monica Mason
Dame Monica Mason, former director of the Royal Ballet, will be joined by Dr Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Monica Mason is former Director of The Royal Ballet, a position she held 2002-12. ... [read more...]



The Censorship of British Drama, 1960-1968
8th March 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr Steve Nicholson
Between the passing of the Theatres Act in 1737 and its abolition in 1968, every new play had to be officially licensed by the Lord Chamberlain before it could be staged in public. He could ban them entirely and without explanation, or demand the removal of scenes, speeches or characters. ... [read more...]



A Whistle-Stop Tour of Amateur Theatricals in Nineteenth Century Britain
6th April 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by David Coates
Amateur theatre is flourishing in twenty-first century Britain, and indisputably contributes significantly to our theatrical landscape. However, it's only very recently that theatre academics and historians have recognised the need for a greater understanding of the amateur theatre of today and of the past. ... [read more...]



ANNUAL ADDRESS:
A Life on Stage: A talk by Dame Siân Phillips*
16th May 2017, public entry at 8.15pm (following the AGM at 7pm): Art Worker's Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map

Presented by Dame Siân Phillips
Siân Phillips is an award winning actress respected and loved by professional colleagues and audiences alike. Her roles have ranged from Shakespeare, Shaw and Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams and the musicals of Sondheim and Rodgers and Hart, from her Empress Livia on television, lodged in the memory of all who have seen it, to stunning success as Marlene Dietrich on Broadway. (*professional engagements permitting.) ... [read more...]