This series of evening lectures, given by invited speakers, is held monthly in London during the winter. The lectures are open to everyone, and each is followed by discussion and refreshments. Included in the programme is a special Annual Address, usually in May following the Society's AGM, and the Christmas lecture, named in honour of the late Margaret Collins, whose substantial bequest to the Society, for the purpose of funding the lecture series, continues to make these evenings possible.
Lectures are held either at the Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT – nearest tube: Holborn | Russell Square (map), or at St Anne's Hall, 55 Dean St
London W1D 6AF – nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus | Leicester Square (map). All lectures are free and open to the public.
* Please make careful note of each lecture's venue *
The Maggie Collins Christmas Lecture:
Sir Peter Wright: In conversation with Jane Pritchard MBE
Tuesday 4th December 2018, 7.30pm, Art Worker's Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map
Choreographer and director Peter Wright is one of the most eminent names in ballet. His Royal Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Giselle are among the most popular works in the Company's repertory. Wright made his debut as a dancer with Ballets Jooss during World War II. He created his first...
Evidence of a Lost World: Posters for Victorian Theatre
Thursday 10th January 2019, 7.30pm: St Anne's Hall, London W1D 6AF | map
Presented by Michael Diamond
This talk will examine the role of posters in researching late nineteenth and early twentieth century melodrama. It will explain the importance of posters in selling the play, not only to the public but also to theatre managers who often would not accept it, if they did not like the posters... [read more...]
The Theatres Trust and Theatres at Risk Register
Thursday 7th February 2019, 7.30pm: St Anne's Hall, London W1D 6AF | map
Presented by Jon Morgan
Jon Morgan, Director of the Theatres Trust, introduces the newly-announced Theatres at Risk Register for 2019. The Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk register highlights and supports the theatre buildings under threat and at greatest risk across the UK... [read more...]
Creating Theatrical Magic: 50 Years of Designing Theatres
Thursday 7th March 2019, 7.30pm: St Anne's Hall, London W1D 6AF | map
Presented by Claire Ferraby and Nick Thompson
Nick Thompson and his wife Clare Ferraby have worked together for over 50 years on more than 100 widely ranging interior design projects for the Performing Arts; more than anyone since Frank Matcham... [read more...]
The Country and the City in Contemporary British Theatre: Binary, Crisis, Futures
Thursday 4th April 2019, 7.30pm: St Anne's Hall, London W1D 6AF | map
Presented by Dr Vicky Angelaki
What is it about place and spatial parameters that so strongly serves to determine our identity? Why do we feel the need to define ourselves by means of that which we are not? ... [read more...]
You'll Never Work...
Thursday 9th May 2019, public entry at 8.15pm (following the AGM at 7pm):
St Anne's Hall, London W1D 6AF | map
Yvonne Brewster OBE
Yvonne Brewster co-founded Talawa Theatre Company along with Carmen Munroe, Mona Hammond and Inigo Espejel. Talawa was created in direct response to Yvonne Brewster’s recognition of the lack of creative opportunities for actors from minority ethnic backgrounds and... [read more...]