Ilmington Parish Council



Shakespeare Club rosette, 1930s.


2022-23.  199th season of the Club
President: Dame Harriet Walter
Life Vice President: Roger Pringle

The Club has now returned to in-person meetings at 7.30 pm at the Methodist Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon, with occasional meetings being shared virtually. The programme until May 2023 has now been confirmed.

14 February 2023 ROGER PRINGLE, former Director of the SBT and Vice-President of the Club. Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare and Stratford.

14 March 2023 RUPERT HARRIS, Conservator-Restorer, on his 2021-2 conservation of the historic statue of Shakespeare on the Town Hall given to the town by David Garrick.   Joint meeting with the Stratford Society – venue Stratford Town Hall.

11 April 2023  DR HARRY MCCARTHY, Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Boying Greatness on Shakespeare’s Stage. This talk will explore the lives of the boy actors in early modern London theatre who originated iconic roles such as Cleopatra, asking what it was that made their performances so memorable and valuable. [ALSO ONLINE]

9 May 2023  KARIN THOMSON, Former Librarian of the Shakespeare Institute, currently researching for a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Talking Archives: the Theatre Archive Film Project.  Behind every archival object is a creator with a story to tell. The Theatre Archive Film Project is an attempt to capture the secret histories of productions through those stories, to throw light on the professionals behind the scenes, their contributions, thought processes, and influences. Karin Thomson will talk us through this project, using Sonia Ritter’s script as Lavinia in Deborah Warner’s landmark production of Titus Andronicus (RSC, 1987).  [ALSO ONLINE]

Minutes of past meetings may be found here

Quick Links

The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon
'Long life to the Club call'd Shakspearean'

By Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris
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