The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0239  Monday, 7 February 2005

From:           John Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 4 Feb 2005 14:18:06 -0500
Subject:        Upcoming Programs with F. Murray Abraham, William Hague, and
Lynn Redgrave

Dear Colleague,

Below are announcements about several upcoming events. We'd love to have
you join us for any or all of them, and we'll be grateful if you'd be so
kind as to share this information with others who might be interested.

With best regards,
John Andrews


A Valentine Spotlight on F. Murray Abraham
Monday, February 14
Program 7:00 p.m.
Member Rate $20  Non-Member Rate $25

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW

F. Murray Abraham is best known, of course, for his portrayal of the
envious Salieri in Amadeus (1984). For this indelible cinema he earned
both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe trophy. He's also widely
admired for the characters he's brought to life in The Name of the Rose
(1986), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), and Finding Forrester (2000), not to
mention his memorable parts in The Sunshine Boys (1975), All the
President's Men (1976), Madman (1979), Scarface (1983), Bonfire of the
Vanities (1990), Mobsters (1991), By the Sword (1993), Last Action Hero
(1993), Nostradamus (1994), Surviving the Game (1994), Dillinger and
Capone (1995), and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). He'll soon be seen in
two new feature films: The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Quietly Flows the Don.

What Mr. Abraham's fans may be less familiar with are the dozens of
stage protagonists he's depicted, among them Bottom, Creon, Cyrano,
Iago, Lear, Macbeth, Malvolio, and Uncle Vanya. A few years ago he
graced director Mike Nichols' celebrated revival of Waiting for Godot, a
Samuel Beckett classic in which Mr. Abraham co-starred with such
brilliant performers as Bill Irwin, Steve Martin, and Robin Williams.
During a wide-ranging conversation with the ESU's John Andrews, he'll
revisit the highlights of a richly varied career and offer some insights
from his soon-to-be-published guide to performing Shakespeare.

Mr. Abraham will also be joining Mr. Andrews for a dialogue at the
National Arts Club in Manhattan. For more information about that
gathering, which will occur on Friday, February 11, at 8:00 p.m. at 15
Gramercy Park South, all you need to do is send a message to
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An Evening with Parliament's Right Honourable William Hague
Wednesday, February 16
Cash-Bar Reception 6:00, Dinner 6:30, Program 7:30 p.m.
Member Rate $30  Non-Member Rate $35  Attendes at Program Only $10

Woman's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW

We're delighted to join Politics & Prose as co-hosts for a gathering at
which a British leader who ran for Prime Minister in 1997 brings an
insider's perspective to one of the most eminent figures in the annals
of Westminster. William Hague has been a key member of the Tory
establishment since 1989. He'll introduce William Pitt the Younger, his
illuminating study of a statesman who rose to Britain's highest elected
position in 1784, shortly after his nation had suffered the humiliating
loss of its American colonies. Mr. Hague will show how a youth who was
only 24 when he came to power earned his nation's gratitude by restoring
the United Kingdom's self-confidence and prestige. He'll remind us that
Pitt the Younger (so called because he derived many of his skills from a
respected and famous father) achieved prominence at a time when King
George III was subject to recurrent seizures of madness. Over a period
nearly two decades, Pitt reformed Britain's financial system, pressed
for the abolition of its slave trade, and prepared the way for its many
triumphs in the century to come.


An Illustrated Lecture by British Art Historian Clare Gittings
Thursday, March 3
Reception 6:30, Program 7:00 p.m.
Member Rate $10  Non-Member Rate $12

The Octagon
1730 New York Avenue NW

In association with the American Architectural Foundation, which
administers the historic Octagon, and the Royal Oak Foundation, with
whom the English-Speaking Union has enjoyed collaborating on previous
occasions, we're pleased to invite our constituents and their friends to
Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of British Women Travelers, an
illustrated lecture that derives from an exhibition with the same title.
Our speaker will be the curator of that show, Clare Gittings, who has
served since 1989 as Education Officer at the National Portrait Gallery
in London. Ms. Gittings has organized and discussed several important
exhibitions at the NPG, among them a recent one with the theme Escape to
Eden: Five Centuries of Women and Gardens. She is also widely recognized
for such books as Death, Burial, and the Individual in Early Modern
England (1984) and Death in England: An Illustrated History (1999).

A Tribute to Actress Lynn Redgrave
Monday, March 21
Program 7:00 p.m.
Member Rate $20  Non-Member Rate $25

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW

A founding member of Britain's Royal National Theatre, Lynn Redgrave is
best known for her award-winning Georgy Girl (1965), but she has also
earned acclaim for such recent films as Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, and
Shine. Her autobiographical one-woman show, Shakespeare For My Father,
took her to London's Theatre Royal Haymarket and earned a Tony
nomination on Broadway. In 2003 Ms. Redgrave delighted New York
audiences again in Alan Bennett's brilliant Talking Heads. The recipient
of numerous honors, among them an OBE bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen,
she will talk not only about her distinguished career but about a
struggle with breast cancer that has been captured in a new book, to be
available for purchase and for signing, that she co-authored with her
daughter, photographer Annabel Clark. They'll be joined in what promises
to be a touching and memorable conversation by John Andrews, who heads
The Shakespeare Guild and the local branch of the English-Speaking Union.

Reserving Space for ESU Events

To obtain more information about any of the programs described above,
and to make reservations for them, please send a message to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (see link below) or call (202) 234-4602. The ESU will be
happy to process orders that are placed with MasterCard and Visa accounts.

John F. Andrews, OBE
Executive Director, Nation's Capital Branch of the English-Speaking Union
President, The Shakespeare Guild
1604 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009-2512
Phone 202 234 4602   Fax 202 234 4639

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