A vew weeks ago we were in London's venerable Guildhall for a Gielgud ceremony that took place in conjunction with a gala UK Theatre Awards luncheon on Sunday, October 18. This year's trophy was bestowed on Dame Eileen Atkins, an artist whose versatility both as an acclaimed performer and as a gifted scriptwriter has become legendary. Presenting the 2015 Gielgud Award was our 2008 honoree, Sir Patrick Stewart, and among the many things that made the occasion special was the fact that it occurred only three days after the 94th birthday of a visionary leader who establlished Actors From The London Stage, an educatioanl program with which Sir Patrick has been associated from the outset. AFTLS is now celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the Guild saluted this milestone with a special tribute, not only to a highly influential initiative and its founder, Professor Homer ("Murph") Swander, but to everyone who has been involved with the outreach it represents, among them such dedicated administrators as Alan and Cynthia Dessen, Peter Holland, Scott Jackson, and actress Eunice Roberts, pictured here in a Matt Humphrey photograph with Sir Patrick Stewart and the Guild's John Andrews.
On Monday, November 30, we'll return to the National Arts Club in Manhattan for a SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE engagement with Columbia University's James Shapiro, who will introduce his long-awaited volume on the year 1606, a crucial period during which the playwright completed "King Lear." In January, February, and March of 2016 we'll launch a special "Shakespeare 400" initiative with events that will feature programs with Janet Alexander Griffith and Peggy O'Brien of the Folger Shakepseare Library and Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker.
We opened the Guild's 2015-16 SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE season on Wednesday, September 23, with eminent critic John Lahr, who joined us at the Hill Center in Washington for a conversation that focused on two volumes, Joy Ride (his latest collection of brilliant New Yorker profiles) and the paperback edition of Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, his award-winning biography of Tennessee Williams. A few days later, on Monday, September 28, we were at the National Arts Club in Manhattan with Marc Baron, an actor, singer, and director who talked about The Lambs, a venerable club which was founded in 1874 and which provided a setting for the creation of several other key organizations, among them Actors' Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, and ASCAP.
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