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On Sunday, October 15, the Guild presented its 2017 GIELGUD AWARD to 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 elegant Clive Francis trophy. Once again the ceremony took place as part of a UK Theatre Awards luncheon in London's venerable Guildhall, and as usual it received extensive media attention, with coverage in such news sources as Broadway World, What's On Stage, The Stage, and Theatre News.

The Guild's next engagement will be a SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE program at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 29, in Manhattan's NATIONAL ARTS CLUB (15 Gramercy Park South). This conversation will focus on the 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 Washington, we'll talk with actor and director KEITH BAXTER, who'll be playing the Gravedigger in a production of Hamlet that Michael Kahn will be directing as part of his concluding season at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. We'll then return to the NAC on Wednesday, February 28, for a memorable evening with the original Dirty Dancing dancer: filmmaker and theater producer ELEANOR BERGSTEIN.

As we look forward to the Guild's upcoming programs we're savoring a presentation of The Tempest that took place August 23-31 at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. More than 1500 enthusiastic attendees applauded a production that featured superb acting, entrancing music and special effects, and an extraordinary stage and set by architect Jay Bush. To learn more about SHAKESPEARE IN TRE GARDEN, read the informative background article by Jennifer Levin and the judicious review by James M. Keller in Pasatiempo, a cultural supplement of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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