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We're delighted to announce that our 2016 GIELGUD AWARD recipient is Vanessa Redgrave, a legendary artist who just completed a memorable performance as Queen Margaret in Almeida Theatre's acclaimed Richard III. This year's festivities were among the highlights of a UK Theatre Awards luncheon that took place Sunday, October 9, in London's historic Guildhall. That venerable setting is an edifice Shakespeare knew very well, and he refers to it in the drama that Ralph Fiennes and a brilliant supporting cast have been sharing, by way of HD technology, with audiences around the globe. Rupert Goold, who presides over the Almeida and who directed that riveting production, presented the 2016 trophy. Press coverage was extensive, with stories in such media outlets as Playbill and the Irish Independent, and Broadway World. For background on the GIELGUD AWARD, including details about last year's festivities in honor of Dame Eileen Atkins, click here.

On Saturday afternoon, October 22, we took part in the grand opening of "Ojos y Manos: Eyes & Hands," a beautiful new feature at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Our portion of the festivities featured "The Poet's Eye," celebrating the visionary design of a space that evokes such august predecessors as classical Greek amphitheaters, the "Wooden O" of the Bankside Globe, and the Zia sun symbol that adorns the state flag of New Mexico. Its acoustics are superb, and it promises to be an attraction that, like Shakespeare's plays, will delight and instruct those enter its magic circle. For details about our contribution to an inspirational dedication ceremony, click here. And for background about this wonderful addition to the Garden, click here.

We launched the Guild's 2016-17 SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE season on Wednesday, September 14, with a remarkable brother-sister act. One of our most popular guests over the last decade and a half has been Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker. Many of Adam's admirers are unaware that his sister Alison, a professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, is also a distinguished author, and one who publishes a widely read column in the Wall Street Journal. Her latest book is one that focuses on the importance of play in early childhood development, and a preview of it appeared recently in the New York Times. Alison and Adam Gopnik occasionally allude to each other's work, but it is rare for them to appear together in conversation. So it was a great pleasure to be with them, and to enjoy an unusual amount of lively audience participation, in what turned out to be another memorable evening at Manhattan's beautiful National Arts Club.

Our SOS series resumed Wednesday, October 5, with NYU's Louis Scheeder, an influential director and drama instructor who heads the Classical Studio at NYU'w prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. For details about that program and about upcoming events with NYU's Shane Ann Younts (Tuesday, December 20) and a number of other engaging guests, click here.

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