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In addition to its GIELGUD AWARD ceremonies and its SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE series, the Guild provides constituents with a variety of other cultural activities. During the summer of 1992, for example, the Guild joined hands with the GROVE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL in California for a Great Shakes Alive initiative that included a Macbeth with David Birney and Joan Van Ark as the two protagonists. Two years later, during the spring of 1996, the Guild contributed Bardic highlights to the inauguration of a DISNEY INSTITUTE in Florida. In December of 1996 the Guild assisted with arrangements for a special preview screening of Kenneth Branagh’s epic Hamlet film, collaborating with the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION and the FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY to organize a symposium that included a Susan Stamberg interview with the star and filmmaker (portions of which were later broadcast over NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO) and a panel that featured Sir Derek Jacobi. More recently, in 2012 the Guild joined forces with the NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART in Santa Fe for a series of "Centennial Fridays" to commemorate a century of statehood for the Land of Enchantment.

Since 1998, when it initiated SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB with director Peter Brook, the Guild has operated in close association with the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION and a number of other organizations. Attractions created under these auspices have been broadcast by the BBC, by NPR, and by C-SPAN’s weekend Book TV service. And they have taken place in such settings as BAFTA’s PRINCESS ANNE AUDITORIUM, DARTMOUTH HOUSE, the GIELGUD THEATRE, the GUILDHALL, and MIDDLE TEMPLE HALL in London; the BROAD STAGE in Santa Monica; the CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER in the Windy City; ARENA STAGE, the BRITISH EMBASSY, the COSMOS CLUB, DACOR BACON HOUSE, FORD'S THEATRE, the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, the NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, the SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY, the UNIVERSITY CLUB, the WASHINGTON CLUB, and the WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB in the District of Columbia; the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION, THE LAMBS, the MORGAN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, THE PLAYERS, the PRINCETON CLUB OF NEW YORK, and THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE in New York City, and the LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, SAN MIGUEL MISSION, and the SANTA FE BOTANICAL GARDEN in New Mexico's capital city.

For details about events that may not be fully covered under other headings on this website, see the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION announcements and newsletters for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.