The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0795 Friday, 30 April 1999.
Date: Friday, 30 Apr 1999 12:14:23 -0400
Subject: Gielgud Award Festivities
The Shakespeare Guild is offering a 15% discount on benefit tickets to
members of the SHAKSPER listserv who wish to attend a special tribute to
Dame Judi Dench in one of Broadway's most venerable settings.
On Monday night, May 17th, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York,
the Guild will honor Dame Judi with its 1999 Gielgud Award. Previous
recipients of The Golden Quill have been Sir Ian McKellen (1996), Sir
Derek Jacobi (1998), and Miss Zoe Caldwell (1998). This spring's
ceremony will begin at 8 p.m., and it will be hosted, as in years past
(when the presentation has taken place at the Folger Shakespeare
Library), by television journalist Robert MacNeil.
Other participants in what promises to be a sparkling salute to
Shakespeare and to those artists who are doing the most to keep his
works vibrant for today's audiences will include such luminaries as Zoe
Caldwell (who, in keeping with a tradition established by Sir Derek
Jacobi a year earlier, will bestow John Safer's gleaming trophy on her
esteemed successor), WGBH/Boston producer Rebecca Eaton (who brings us
such PBS programs as "Mobil Masterpiece Theatre" and "Mystery!"),
director Sir Richard Eyre (who will be in Manhattan to receive a Peabody
Award for his television adaptation of "King Lear" with Ian Holm in the
title role), playwright David Hare (who wrote both "Amy's View," the
drama in which Dame Judi is earning her first Tony Award at the
Barrymore, and "Via Dolorosa," the monologue in which Mr. Hare himself
is starring at the Booth Theatre), and actor Christopher Plummer (who
won a 1997 Tony for William Luce's "Barrymore," and who plans to offer
some reflections on the Barrymore legacy and recite some lines from
For those who purchase benefit tickets-priced, before discounts are
applied, at $1,000 (Patron), $500 (Benefactor), $350 (Donor), and $150
(Contributor) -- an elegant reception will follow the theatre
festivities at the nearby Supper Club. For information about these
tickets (all but $75 of whose price will be tax-deductible) and about
assistance with hotel accommodations, you may either e-mail
(phone) or 202-483-7824 (fax). The New York numbers for information and
tickets are 212-685-1095 (phone) and 212-685-0062.
For those who wish to attend the Barrymore festivities only, non-benefit
tickets may be ordered for $25 through a call to 212-239-6200. No
discount will be applicable to these tickets.