The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0512 Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:52 PM
Subject: Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright”
Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright,” with Columbia’s James Shapiro
Speaking of Shakespeare
After memorable conversations in September with JOHN LAHR, senior theatre critic for the New Yorker magazine, in October with Hunter College’s IRENE DASH, and in November with esteemed director NAGLE JACKSON, the Shakespeare Guild invites you to a special December 17 preview of THE KING AND THE PLAYWRIGHT, a new BBC documentary by Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO.
James Shapiro’s BBC Series on Shakespeare
Monday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m.
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
No Charge, but Reservations Requested
As the author of such award-winning volumes as Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010), Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO has established himself as one of today’s most prominent scholars and reviewers, with frequent appearances on the Charlie Rose Show and other television and radio programs, and with numerous articles in periodicals such as the New York Times. On this occasion he’ll preview a riveting segment from his latest endeavor, a three-hour BBC documentary, The King and the Playwright, which has been shortlisted for a major TV award in the UK. After Mr. Shapiro screens his fascinating account of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot against James I and his court, and its impact on the chief dramatist for the theatrical company that profited from the monarch’s own patronage, he and the Guild’s John Andrews will join the audience for an engaging discussion of the episode.
Looking ahead, we’ll soon be announcing details about a special GIELGUD AWARD gala to take place on Sunday, April 14, at the GIELGUD THEATRE in London. This benefit will feature many of the luminaries who graced our April 2004 GIELGUD CENTENARY GALA, which occurred in the same venue and was co-sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For additional information about these and other offerings, as well as about membership in The Shakespeare Guild, visit the website below or contact
John F. Andrews, President
The Shakespeare Guild