60th Anniversary of the Shakespeare Institute

Actor Sam West with Shakespeare Institute director Michael Dobson[Above - actor Sam West with Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Instititute]

On 12 November 2011, the Shakespeare Institute celebrated its 60th anniversary and looked forward to the next 60 years with a series of talks from past and present staff and scholars.  

Morning session - The First Sixty Years

60th anniversary of the Shakespeare InstituteMichael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute spoke first to introduce the day (download mp3 - 3m03s -  2.8MB).

The morning session looked at 'The First Sixty Years: History and Achievements' with contributions from:

Stanley Wells and John Jowett in conversation

[Above - John Jowett and Stanley Wells in conversation in the morning session]

The Mason Croft Prize

Before lunch, Kate McLuskie was awarded the inaugural Mason Croft Prize by Michael Dobson (download mp3 - 7m26s - 6.9MB).

Kate McLuskie shaking hands with Michael Dobson

[Above - Kate McLuskie and Michael Dobson ]

Afternoon session - The Next Sixty Years

The afternoon session looked ahead to 'The Next Sixty Years', with contributions from current staff including:

  • Ewan Fernie (download mp3 - 21m24s - 20.1MB)
  • David Hopes (download mp3 - 18m12s - 17.1MB) 
  • Martin Wiggins, Erin Sullivan and Tara Hamling (download mp3 - 32m14s - 30.2MB)
  • Jaq Bessell


Video messageBefore fireworks in the garden, the afternoon session was concluded with toasts delivered by video message from Dame Janet Suzman, Kenneth Branagh and the Munich Shakespeare Library. (download mp3 - 5m55s - 5.5MB).

Video still of Kenneth Branagh


Photography and video

All photographs on this page are by photographer John James.