Category Archives: Past Events

LECTURE: “Quick, Clean, Smart & Bright”: The Broadhead Theatres in Manchester

Thursday 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 … Continue reading


LECTURE: ‘A Stranger Pyramus than e’er Played Here’: Transformations and Translations in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday 8th December 2016, 7:30pm: Art Workers’ Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map Presented by Prof. Trevor R. Griffiths When Shakespeare created his aspiring team of would-be actors in A Midsummer … Continue reading


LECTURE: Contemporary Black British Playwrights: Margins to Mainstream

Wednesday 9th November 2016, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map Presented by Dr. Lynette Goddard The first decade of the twenty-first century has been described as witnessing a ‘cultural … Continue reading


LECTURE: Visualising the Low Comedian

Wednesday 12th October 2016, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map Presented by Jim Davis In Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England Jim Davis investigated the ways … Continue reading


2016 Edward Gordon Craig Lecture:
Memory is a minefield

6th June 2016, 6pm, The Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Level Six, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS In association with the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and King’s College … Continue reading


Censorship book wins Theatre Book Prize for 2015

Last year’s best book about British theatre, according to the judges of this year’s STR Theatre Book Prize, was a fascinating study based on the files from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office … Continue reading


LECTURE – May 2016
Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters

The Annual Address Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 8.15pm, following the AGM at 7pm, at the Art Workers’ Guild | map THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED Presented by DR OLIVER FORD … Continue reading


LECTURE – April 2016
Re-evaluating the Actresses’ Franchise League: Suffrage Theatre, Networks and Activism

Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall | map THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED Presented by DR NAOMI PAXTON The Actresses’ Franchise League was formed in 1908 by … Continue reading


LECTURE – March 2016
The Development of Professional Stage Management

Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall | map THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED Presented by DR TRACY CATTELL Primary evidence from the earliest theatre-based companies in Britain … Continue reading


LECTURE – November 2015
Seventy Years of Theatre History Research, 1945 – 2015

Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall Discussion by PROFESSOR TREVOR R. GRIFFITHS, PROFESSOR GABRIEL EGAN, DR SARAH McCLEAVE, PROFESSOR CLAIRE COCHRANE & DR MARION O’CONNOR To celebrate … Continue reading


LECTURE – December 2015
Camp as Christmas? Cross-Dressed Capers in Pantoland

The Maggie Collins Christmas Lecture Monday 7 December 2015 at 7.30pm at the Art Workers’ Guild | map Presented by SIMON SLADEN In December 2013, the National Database of Pantomime Performance … Continue reading


LECTURE – January 2016
Screening Sarah Bernhardt: Reinterpreting Acting on Silent Film

Tuesday 19 January 2016 at 7.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall | map Presented by DR VICTORIA DUCKETT Sarah Bernhardt, the great nineteenth-century theatrical actress, was also the first major international film … Continue reading