Exploring Shakespeare’s sonnets with Joanna David, Edward Fox and Dominic West

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Senate House Library will be hosting an intimate and unique evening of study and performance as Professor Sir Brian Vickers leads an exploration of Shakespeare's sonnets. Sir Brian will be joined by famous actors Edward Fox, Joanna David and Dominic West, who will be reading from a selection of sonnets throughout the evening.

Edward Fox has had a long and distinguished career on screen and stage. Famed for his consummate performance as Edward VIII in Thames Television’s Edward and Mrs Simpson, he won a BAFTA for best supporting actor in Joseph Losey’s The Go Between and was the ‘The Jackal’ in Day of the Jackal directed by Fred Zinnemann. He was awarded an OBE in 2003.

Joanna David is an acclaimed actress well known for her television and film work. She has appeared in many popular series including Sense and Sensibility, War and Peace, The Last of the Mohicans, Inspector Morse and Midsomer Murders. She is vice president of the Theatrical Guild.

Dominic West is an award-winning film, television and theatre actor best known for his portrayal of detective Jimmy McNulty in the critically acclaimed US show The Wire. He won the British Academy Television Award for best actor in 2012 for portraying serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.

As part of the event, which is taking place on 23 June, guests will have an after-hours opportunity to view the University of London's first major exhibition, Shakespeare Metamorphosis, which includes installation work, rare texts and stretches across 3 floors of the iconic Senate House building.

Following the readings there will be an opportunity for autographs with the actors and Sir Brian Vickers.

This event has been organised by the Friends of Senate House Library.

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 6.30–7.30pm (BST)

Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Register now for this free event

Media contact
For further information please contact Emily Stidston, Engagement Support Officer, Senate House Library, University of London at emily.stidston@london.ac.uk / 020 7862 8417. Images available on request.

Notes to editors

1.  Senate House Library (SHL) is one of the world’s most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. With its partner libraries of the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, it provides services to readers from the School of Advanced Study, the Colleges of the federal University of London, and from London, regional, national and international research communities. All are welcome to join the Library through a membership programme for the University of London, other UK universities, overseas universities, or as a member of the public. The Library and its collections have been continuously developed since the 1870s. It now holds over two million printed books, thousands of printed and electronic journals, and the highest proportion of historic collections of any university library in the United Kingdom.  Modern materials in printed and electronic formats are collected at research level and in Western European languages to support cross- and inter-disciplinary research in subjects such as English Studies, history, philosophy, music, Romance and Germanic languages, palaeography, art history and area studies. Senate House Library also holds the University of London Archive – the historic record of the University – and is responsible for the University of London Artworks Collection. Acquisitions are also made to the Historic Collections, and notable collections include the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature, the Sterling Library and the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature. http://senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/

2. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2014-15, SAS: welcomed 805 research fellows and associates; held 2,073 research dissemination events; received 23.1 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 213,456 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews.

3. The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. Its members are 18 self-governing institutions of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities. Learn more about the University of London at http://www.london.ac.uk

4. Find out more about Shakespeare400
Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Through a connected series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities in the capital and beyond, partners will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the quatercentenary year. http://www.shakespeare400.org/