Category Archives: Lectures

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


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


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