The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 30.094  Thursday, 7 March 2019


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Date:         March 6, 2019 at 6:53:50 PM EST

Subject:    Spring Attractions from the Shakespeare Guild




A Special Evening with the Extraordinary Jim Dale


Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

The Players

16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Free, but Reservations Required


In the 1950s and '60s, Jim Dale was known primarily as a singer and songwriter, composing such hits as the theme song for Georgy Girl,which was nominated for an Academy Award. Meanwhile he was garnering plaudits as a film and television comic, with eleven Carry On features that made him a celebrity in Britain. Next came stage roles like Autolycus and Bottom with Olivier’s National Theatre Company, and Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver. In 1980 Mr. Dale collected a Tony Award for his outstanding performance in the title role in Barnum. Since then he has been nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and other honors for his work in plays such as Candide, Joe Egg, Me and My Girl, and Scapino. And he's earned two Grammy Awards as the “voice” of Harry Potter. We look forward to a memorable gathering with one of the most versatile artists in entertainment history. 



Speaking of Shakespeare with Director Ethan McSweeny


Thursday, March 14, at 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Free, but Reservations Requested


A director whose productions have been lauded by leading critics as “daring” and “impeccably stylish,” Ethan McSweeny has recently accepted a new position as Artistic Director of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, where he’ll be reviving Elizabethan and Jacobean classics in a beautiful replica of London’s storied Blackfriars playhouse. Mr. McSweeny has earned eight Helen Hayes Awards for his work at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and other venues in Washington. He has also directed in such settings as the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Stratford Festival in Ontario. In 2000 his Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man won Drama Desk and Outer Circle accolades and was nominated for a Tony Award. Please join us for a lively conversation with the artist American Theatre has lauded as a  “wunderkind with a Midas touch.



The Ides of March at Edwin Booth's Final Home


Friday, March 15, at 2 p.m.

The Players

16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Free, but Reservations Required 


As part of a new Afternoon Salon series for NAC members and their friends, the Guild has arranged a special tour of the historic club that adjoins it on Gramercy Park South. Our guide will be Raymond Wemmlinger, who oversees the Hampden-Booth Theatre Library and presides over the Players Foundation. Ray is an authority on America’s foremost acting family, and he’ll show us playbills, costumes, portraits, and other artifacts from the legendary Edwin Booth, who lived in this elegant building from 1888 until his death in 1893. In Edwin’s bedroom we’ll see a photograph of John Wilkes Booth, who restaged a “lofty scene” from Julius Caesar five months after he, Edwin, and Junius Brutus Booth the younger (named after their famous father) had presented that Roman tragedy as a benefit for the Shakespeare Statue that now adorns Central Park.   



You may reserve for these events with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And you’ll find details about them and additional programs at Coming attractions will include a salon with filmmaker Melinda Hall (2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the NAC), a staging of Jonathan Richards and Lois Rudnick’s Ever the Twain: William Shakespeare in Mark Twain’s America (7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at The Players), a salon with Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (2 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the NAC), a conversation with actor John Douglas Thompson, who’ll be playing Kent in Broadway’s King Lear (2 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the NAC), and a special evening with actress Michael Learned, who’ll discuss her roles in television’s The Waltons and in such theater classics as Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women (8 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at The Players).     






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