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As summer arrives, the Guild is focusing on its upcoming presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, to be produced in association with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden between August 17 and September 2; for details and ticketing options, click here. With that in mind, we've launched a new Bardtenders support group for SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN. And we're engaging in cultivation events such as a Food for Thought dinner at La Fonda on the Plaza and a May 29 benefit, Ever the Twain, which took place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Under the direction of Lois Rudnick and Jonathan Richards, this revival of a fantasia that had enchanted theatergoers in January 2016 was warmly applauded, and plans are now underway for additional presentations in other settings.


Meanwhile, now that the 2017-18 season of our signature conversation series has drawn to a close in Manhattan, we look forward to a new round of evenings such as the one with New Yorker favorite Adam Gopnik that took place on Thursday, June 14, at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. We'll soon be announcing our 2018-19 attractions, among them stimulating programs not only at the NAC but next door at The Players.

We opened our recently-completed roster of SOS engagements on Friday, October 6, with educator Joanna Read, who heads the London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA). A few days later, on Wednesday, October 18, we enjoyed a delightful evening with Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks. Then on Monday, November 6, we talked with WNET executive Stephen Segaller, who previewed this spring's attractions in a series called Shakespeare Uncovered, a three-year, 18-episode co-production with the BBC that provides charming introductions to the most popular plays in the dramatic repertory.

On Monday, January 29, we focused on the inspiring efforts of Stephen Burdman, founder and artistic director of the New York Classical Theatre. Three days later, as part of a February 1 luncheon gathering at the Woman's National Democratic Club in DC, we chatted with actor and director Keith Baxter, who was delighting Washington audiences in three roles (the Ghost, the Player King, and the Gravedigger) in a production of Hamlet that highlights Michael Kahn's concluding season as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. One of our attendees, Leslie Weisman, generously shared some reflections on the portion of that conversation that focused on Orson Welles, the actor, director, and producer with whom Mr. Baxter worked when he portrayed Prince Hal in Chimes at Midnight, a 1966 film classic that starred Welles as Falstaff and Sir John Gielgud as King Henry IV. On February 28 we returned to Manhattan for a memorable NAC evening with with producer Eleanor Bergstein of "Dirty Dancing" fame. On March 20 we hosted a gathering at The Players with artistic director Jesse Berger of the Red Bull Theatre. On April 18 we were back at the NAC with cultural historian Edward Tenner. And on May 15 we repaired to The Players for a wide-ranging discussion with renowned director Sir Richard Eyre, whose scintillating production of Long Day's Journey into Night had just opened at BAM's Harvey Theatre with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in starring roles.

For links to highlights of previous seasons, click here.


A few months hence the Guild will be naming the recipient of its 2018 GIELGUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE DRAMATIC ARTS. Meanwhile we're delighted to note that on Sunday, October 15, the Guild bestowed this prestigious honor on playwright David Hare. Sir David is the first dramatist to receive a Gielgud, and attendees were deeply moved by the eloquent remarks he delivered as he accepted this year's beautiful Clive Francis trophy. The ceremony took place as part of a UK Theatre Awards luncheon in one of London's most legendary institutions, an edifice Shakespeare refers to in Richard III. And as usual it received extensive media coverage, with illustrated stories in such news sources as Broadway World, What's On Stage, The Stage, and Theatre News.

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