It’s the festival season. I happened to see my friend Peter Kyle the other day. As well as being Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (and former C.E.O. of Shakespeare’s Globe), he’s Director General of The English-Speaking Union which has one of the loveliest HQ of any I know: Dartmouth House, just off Berkley Square in the heart of Mayfare.
He chatted to me about a brand new arts festival that the E.S.U. are hosting later this month. There’ll be music and talks – and there’ll be a whole evening of Shakespeare. All of this will take place in Dartmouth House itself. The Shakespeare evening, ‘Scenes and Sonnets’, is on 23 May from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Earlier that day, the E.S.U. is hosting a day for school students to learn more about speaking Shakespeare.
Our own team of Shakespeare Aloud! actors will be performing in different parts of Dartmouth House, and especially in their gorgeous courtyard (which always manages to convince me I’m really in Italy). There’ll be a lovely reception and a wonderful dinner with wine.
So, if you fancy more matter for a May evening, then you might like to find out more. You could look at the E.S.U.’s website; you could phone 020 7529 158240. Or you could listen to this audio-post.