The Society for Theatre Research

2014-15 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

The next lecture is:


Joan Littlewood: Her Vision and Legacies
Thursday 13th November 2014 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London | map

Discussion panel with PHILIP HEDLEY, DEREK PAGET & SARAH-JANE RAWLINGS, chaired by PROFESSOR NADINE HOLDSWORTH
In her centenary year, this discussion panel will explore the on-going impact and legacy of the ground-breaking theatre director and community activist, Joan Littlewood (1914-2002). [read more...]



George Speaight And The Juvenile Drama:
A Centenary Celebration

Weds 10th Dec 2014 at 7.30pm, at the Art Workers Guild, Bloomsbury, London |map

Presented by HORATIO BLOOD and FRIENDS
George Speaight (1914-2005) was a founding member of the Society for Theatre Research, distinguished historian of popular entertainment, and toy theatre performerpar excellence. [read more...]



Ellen Terry:
Highlights from the Wardrobe of the 'Lady of the Lyceum'

15 January 2015 at 7.30pm, at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London | map

Presented by Veronica Isaac.
This talk will explore the ways in which the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928) used dress to fashion her identity, both on and off the stage. [read more...]



Eventful Evidence
11 February 2015 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London | map

Presented by Professor Heike Roms.
Reconstructing and re-enacting, exhibiting and curating, mapping and walking increasingly theatre and performance historians are leaving the archive and engaging in forms of research that have a distinctly artistic-performative and often public character. ... [read more...]



The Gladiator, the Indian, the Dutchman and Shakespeare: Three American Actors in Nineteenth-Century England
11 March 2015 at 7.30pm, at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London | map

Presented by Dr Arthur Bloom.
The New York Mirror of December 4, 1880 wrote that for nineteenth-century American actors, 'the verdict of foreigners' was 'the verdict of posterity'. In order to be acknowledged as a major tragedian or comedian, an American actor had to gain the respect of European, particularly English, audiences and critics. [read more...]



Beckett Goes Nude:
Breath, Oh! Calcutta! & the Sexual Revolution

16 April 2015 at 7.30pm, at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn, London | map

Presented by Dr Graham Saunders.
Most theatre audiences first introduction to Samuel Beckett's drama in the early 1970s come not from major works such as Waiting for Godot or Endgame, but a 'dramaticule' lasting less than forty seconds. [read more...]



ANNUAL ADDRESS: Cleopatra's Sisters
19 May 2015 at 8.15 (after the AGM), at the Art Workers' Guild, Bloomsbury, London | map

Presented by Dame Janet Suzman.
The Annual Address will deal with the ever-veiled participation of women in Shakespeare's world. [read more...]