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Speaking of Shakespeare
In 2009 the Guild focused most of its efforts on programs at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB on Gramercy Park South, but there were also events at the 65th Street headquarters of the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION OF NEW YORK and at the BRITISH EMBASSY in Washington.

We launched the year in January with RUSSELL JACKSON, a professor at the Univeristy of Birmingham who has provided textual consultation for a number of Kenneth Branagh's stage and film productions. In February we talked with FLORA FRASER, who introduced her new biography of Pauline Bonaparte. In March we arranged a special evening on Shakespeare's Sonnets, with actor CASEY BIGGS reciting his favorite selections and pianist BURNETT THOMPSON setting them to music. April proved to be anything but a cruel month, because Guild attendees savored a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between actress ZOE CALDWELL and her friend CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, a dialogue that focused on Mr. Plummer's memoir In Spite of Myself.

A few days later the Guild joined the Nation's Capital branch of the English-Speaking Union for a BRITISH EMBASSY reception, hosted by Ambassador SIR NIGEL SHEINWALD and LADY SHEINWALD and featuring a special tribute to "On Language" columnist WILLIAM SAFIRE.

May brought us back to Manhattan for two programs, one with Founder and Artistic Director BARBARA GAINES of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and her colleague MARILYN HALPERIN, and a second with lexicologist PAUL DICKSON. In June we relished a delightful evening with Founder and Artistic Director TINA PACKER of Shakespeare and Company.

After a brief summer break, we were back at the NAC in September for another charming dialogue with New Yorker critic ADAM GOPNIK. October brought sociolinguist DEBORAH TANNEN to the Club to intoduce her latest volume. In November we enjoyed a memorable evening with Tony laureate RICHARD EASTON. And we concluded an eventful 2009 in December with Harvard's MARJORIE GARBER, who talked about Shakespeare and Modern Culture.

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