Membership in the Shakespeare Guild

On January 16, 2000, Kenneth Branagh received the Gielgud Golden Quill Award from the Shakespeare Guild.

A special edition videotape in PAL or NTSC is available for a limited time through the auspices of the Shakespeare Guild.

This tape is an hour and forty minutes in duration, and it preserves an occasion at which the Guild saluted Shakespeare as the "Man of the Millennium" and honored Kenneth Branagh with the 2000 Gielgud Award. The festivities took place at Middle Temple Hall in London. Participants in the program included two previous Gielgud laureates, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi, as well as American Ambassador Philip Lader, composer Patrick Doyle, comic writer Ben Elton, and actors Keith Baxter (who read a warm congratulatory message from Sir John), Samantha Bond, Richard Briers, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Fry, Bob Hoskins, Geraldine McEwan, Sean Rafferty, and John Sessions. The tape was edited by Tod Hopkins.

For those who would like to join the Shakespeare Guild or renew their membership at any level, a copy of this tape will be provided as a complimentary premium, as long as it continues to be available. For orders placed by October 15th* the Guild will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Ken-Friends Ulster Association of Youth Drama fund**, $7.50 for a Subscriber membership and $15 for a membership at any of the higher levels.

*This deadline has been extended until Nov. 8, 2000. Contact the Guild by e-mail (, fax (202-483-7824), or telephone (202-483-8646) to confirm the date and facilitate your order.

**The UAYD benefitted from the Henry V Anniversary project coordinated by the Ken-Friends in 1999.

Those who affiliate with the Guild as Subscribers ($50) will receive 15% discounts on tickets for the Guild's annual Gielgud ceremony (probably to take place in London in April 2001) as well as at a revel the Guild will be organizing for Manhattan in October 2001 as part of the British Council's UK in NY celebration.

Those who affiliate as Contributors ($125) will receive 20% discounts on tickets to those two galas. They'll also receive two free tickets for our monthly "Speaking of Shakespeare" dialogues at the Algonquin Hotel in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The normal member-level price for these events is $25. All tickets to "Speaking" engagements are transferrable, and they may be used at any program between October 2000 and September 2001.

Those who affiliate as Donors ($250) will receive 25% discounts on tickets to the two galas, and four free tickets for "Speaking" events.

Those who affiliate as Benefactors ($500) will receive 30% discounts on gala tickets, and ten free tickets for "Speaking" events.

Those who affiliate as Patrons ($1,000) will receive 35% discounts on gala tickets, and twenty free tickets for "Speaking" events.

The Guild will be happy to accept payment either in the form of checks payable in U.S. dollars or in credit-card charges to American Express, MasterCard, or Visa accounts. To place an order, please supply your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and (if you are using a credit card) your card's account number and expiration date.

You are welcome to reply by e-mail (, fax (202-483-7824), telephone (202-483-8646), or mail (2141 Wyoming Avenue NW, Suite 41, Washington, DC 20008-3916, USA).

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For Shakespeare in Peformance, click here.

For the Love's Labour's Lost page, click here.

For the Making of Love's Labour's Lost page, click here. Includes interviews, articles and essays.

For more essays and commentary on Love's Labour's Lost, click here.

For the story of Love's Labour's Lost, click here.

For the studio production notes for Love's Labour's Lost, click here.

Click here for Trust Kenneth Branagh. Interviews with the Belfast Telegraph and The London Guardian are paired with photos and screen captures from Love's Labour's Lost.

For the Daily Telegiraffe review of Love's Labour's Lost, click here.

For other reviews of Love's Labour's Lost, click here.

For the official website of Love's Labour's Lost click here.

For Branagh's thoughts on the film (from the LLL official website), click here.

For an interview with composer Patrick Doyle on the music in Love's Labour's Lost and more, click here.

For Love's Labour's Lost and more in the Guardian interview with Kenneth Branagh at the National Film Theatre's 1999 Branagh retrospective, click here.

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