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Speaking of Shakespeare
For its 2004 offerings the Guild made use of several venues: the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington and the National Arts Club in New York. And its programs ranged from an event devoted to food in Shakespeare with journalist Francine Segan to a gathering with actor and director Keith Baxter that focused on his work with such legends as Sir John Gielgud and Orson Welles. Along the way we conversed during the first half of the year with stage and film star Kevin Kline, who had become the first American to receive a Gielgud Award, during a delightful ceremony at Lincoln Center in July 2002, with Bill Alexander, who had directed Antony Sher in a celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company production of Richard III, with British historians John Guy and Diarmaid MacCulloch, who explored key aspects of early-modern culture, with legendary actor Christopher Plummer, who had recently earned plaudits in Barrymore, and with playwright Ken Ludwig, whose first hit, Lend Me a Tenor, had premiered in London under the audpices of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

After a summer break, we returned in September for an engagement with journalists Chris Hedges and John Heilpern. We then proceeded to events with award-winning actress Zoe Caldwell, with Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks, with editor and scholar Stanley Wells, whose many distinctions included a position as Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, who had lauded Kevin Kline's acting at Lincoln Center during the summer of 2002, and with PBS news anchor Robert MacNeil, who'd helped launch the Gielgud Award in 1994.

For details about offerings that have been presented in other seasons, click on the blue link for the year that interests you: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. And for information about upcoming programs, visit our Current Events page.