Ilmington Parish Council



Shakespeare Club rosette, 1930s.


2019-20  196th season of the Club
President Sir Nicholas Hytner
Life Vice President: Roger Pringle

Tuesday 8 October 2019
AGM 7.15pm followed by
Bill Barclay, Ex-Director of Music, Globe Theatre
 “Historically Informed Experience”
The former Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe discusses the role of Shakespeare’s music in the 21st century through the lens of his eight years at the Globe.
Tuesday 12 November 2019
Sir Nicholas  Hytner, Co-founder of the Bridge Theatre, ex-Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Presidential Evening
 “We must leave the killing out”
Nicholas Hytner wonders whether anything goes these days.
Tuesday 10 December 2019
Chris  Laoutaris, Biographer and historical lecturer, Shakespeare Institute
“Shakespeare and the Countess”
The true story of Elizabeth Russell, the formidable woman whose battle with Shakespeare and his associates gave birth to the Globe.
Tuesday 14 January 2020
Sam Dastor, Actor in theatre, film and TV
“Two loves I have of comfort and despair”
A recitation of 39 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets with a brief commentary, focussing on their autobiographical aspects and a personal view of their historical context.
Tuesday 11 February 2020
Catriona Fallow, Research Fellow, Drama, Theatre and the Arts, Birmingham University
“Past and Present Plays: Rewriting Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company”
This talk will explore several of the key examples of works by contemporary playwrights and practitioners that engage with Shakespeare’s plays.
Tuesday 10 March 2020
Viv Thomas, Shakespeare Scholar
“Shakespeare’s Soliloquies and Narrations
Exploring the significance of soliloquies and narration in vitalizing character, situation and atmosphere.
Tuesday 14 April 2020
Patricia Lennox, Global Lecturer, New York University
“Shakespeare and Costume
Considering costumes as a major component of Shakespeare productions, past and present.  A major focus will be the innovative role they have played at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan.
Saturday 25 April 2020
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations
Tuesday 12 May 2020
Rebekah Owens, Researcher
Frederick Samuel Boas – A University-Extension Shakespearian
A look at the life of a teacher of Shakespeare in the late nineteenth century, famous for his categorisation of some of the works as ‘problem plays’. 
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All meetings are held at the Shakespeare Institute, Mason Croft, Church St., Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HP. Meetings begin at 7.45 unless otherwise stated. Parking is available at the rear of the building with access from Chestnut Walk. For more information email
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