Category Archives: Lectures

Annual Address: Lolita Chakrabarti in conversation with Simon Sladen

8th May 2018, public entry at 8.15pm (following the AGM at 7pm): Art Workers’ Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map Lolita Chakrabarti trained at RADA and is an award winning playwright … Continue reading


LECTURE: Alternative Comedy: Its Beginnings Told Through Unpublished Documents from the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive

3rd April 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map Presented by Oliver Double Oliver Double is reader in Drama at the University of Kent, where he has established the … Continue reading


LECTURE: ‘The Curtain Will Remain Up:
Naturalist Theatre & The Problem of Pornography’

7th February 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map Presented by Dan Rebellato From the very beginning, Naturalist theatre had to defend itself against the accusation that it was … Continue reading


LECTURE: ‘Digging Up Giselle’:
What Happens when Ballet and Archaeology Meet

11th January 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map Presented by Keith Cavers Giselle is one of the most popular works in the modern ballet repertoire – we see … Continue reading


LECTURE: Masks of Whiteness:
Costume, Race and Power in The Tempest on Stage

7th November 2017, 

7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map Presented by Dr Bridget Escolme Reading The Tempest as a colonial text has long been a familiar critical practice and … Continue reading


LECTURE: 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 … Continue reading


LECTURE: 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 … Continue reading


LECTURE: 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. … Continue reading


LECTURE: A Life on Stage: A talk by Dame Siân Phillips*

16th May 2017, public entry at 8.15pm (following the AGM at 7pm): Art Workers’ Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map Presented by Dame Siân Phillips Siân Phillips is an award winning … Continue reading


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