The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1120  Tuesday, 21 June 2005

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 20 Jun 2005 11:54:13 -0700
Subject: 16.1113 Shakespeare Ladies' Club
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1113 Shakespeare Ladies' Club

Hardy conveyed the Shakespeare Association's announcement of a 2006
seminar on Sh. forums that mentioned the "Shakespeare Ladies' Club."
"Hitherto mysterious" (says OUP) before Michael Dobson's The Making of
the National Poet (OUP, 1994), that 18th century club has resurrected in
a one-woman show.  Quoting the Herts Advertiser from March 31, for a
now-past performance:

"Acclaimed actress Alison Neil will be performing in her new play The
Shakespeare Ladies Club...

"A one-woman play, which starts at 8pm, it provides a snapshot of London
in the Georgian era.

"In the mid 1700s, London was a place of vivacity and prosperity,
marvels and great achievements in art and science. Women were starting
to make their voices heard and one of them, Mary Cowper De Grey,
recounts the story of a group of ladies of quality who are determined to
make Shakespeare fashionable.

"She also tells of her involvement with a young and ambitious would-be
actor, David Garrick.

"Written and performed by Alison Neil, who has previously appeared at
the Maltings in Truly Yours, CB and The Sixth Wife..."

Impossibly long URL; see http://tinyurl.com/dqz8j

I found no reviews.  Miscellaneous googlesources say this is Neil's
fifth one-woman show, two having been producing on BBC Radio 4.  Her
first was "Bella--the Story of Mrs. Beeton" (1988); a more recent show
is "Truly Yours, CB: The Story of Charlotte Bront 

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