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Talk by Prof Liz Schafer: Lilian Baylis, the Old Vic, the nativity play...

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Lilian Baylis, the Old Vic centenary and their contribution to the evolution of the nativity play

Fundraising Lecture + Refreshments

Lilian Baylis (1874-1937) is widely recognised as one of the greatest pioneers in the history of British Theatre. She managed two theatres and three companies, bringing what was considered the very best of high culture to working people, and made her theatres profitable. Lilian Baylis’ Old Vic provided the starting point for the formation of Britain’s national ballet, opera and theatre companies and for the careers of stars such as Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Vivien Leigh, Peggy Ashcroft and Flora Robson.

“As the grandmother of our national theatre, as well as of our national opera and ballet, Lilian Baylis set an agenda of crusading hard work and devotion that is inspirational” Richard Eyre in 1991.

Professor Elizabeth Schafer is a professor of drama and theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focuses on Shakespeare in production and on the work and contributions of women in theatre. She is also an expert in Australian theatre. She has written the definitive performance histories of Shakespeare’sTwelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Richard Brome’s The Jovial Crew. She has also crafted a ‘new’ Shakespearean play, Margaret of Anjou, which follows the (mis)fortunes of the ‘she-wolf of France.’ Margaret of Anjou has been produced in Australia and London. She is the author of the ground- breaking MsDirecting Shakespeare (1998), and Lilian Baylis: A Biography (2006), which offers a completely new view of this extremely influential woman. She is here today to talk about Lilian Baylis, the Old Vic centenary and their contribution to the evolution of the nativity play.


5.30pm Refreshments in the Theatre Collection Reading Room

6.00pm Lecture in the Brandt Cinema seating unreserved

A fundraising event for the Friends of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection's Oliver Messel Archive Appeal, which is helping to conserve the personal archive of one of the twentieth century’s foremost theatrical designers.

Further donations welcome!

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