The Archives Event, which took place on Monday 25 April and which was sponsored by Fenner Paper, the Folio Society and Adam Mathew, was an absolute sell-out with several disappointed people languishing on the waiting list.  A reminder, if one was needed, to book tickets to events as soon as the booking opens!

Focused on Shakespeare – A Man For All Time the audience sat rapt as Bruce Alexander (Superintendent Mullet in A Touch of Frost) romped through Bernard Levin’s list of phrases which we use so frequently today without realizing that we are quoting Shakespeare!

Bruce Alexander

Photo: Bruce Alexander

Professor Brian Cummings, the Anniversary Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York followed on with an overview of what know (or don’t!) about Shakespeare, whoever he was!  Were the images so often believed to be of him really of him?  Who knows?  Peter Ross, Principal Librarian at Guildhall Library,  whipped the audience through the aspects of the exhibition, so beautifully set out in the Court Room, as they related to Shakespeare and finally  Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham covered four centuries of how Shakespeare was performed from the simple performances in Elizabethan dress (apparently even Caesar wore a doublet) to today’s colour-blind, gender-blind and modern-dress performances. 


Photo: From L-R Peter Ross, Brian Cummings and Abigail Rokison-Woodall 

The evening was a huge success and the Master thanked all involved but especially Liveryman Margaret Willes who had organized it so well.

Margaret Willes

Photo: Margaret Willes

All photos by Robert Pocknall



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