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Touchstone aims to include information on all UK Shakespeare associations and organizations. Please contact us at if you have information that should be listed.

Bath Shakespeare Society
Organizes lectures and play reading evenings. Contact the Chairman, Peter Davies, 01225 873087, E: For further details see

The British Shakespeare Association
To find out more about the BSA visit the website or write to The British Shakespeare Association, The Shakespeare Institute, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HP, e-mail:

The International Shakespeare Association

London Renaissance Seminar
Birkbeck College.  The London Renaissance Seminar meets three times a year to investigate topics of interest to scholars of the early modern period. All welcome.
For further information please contact

London Shakespeare Workout
A regular workshop for Shakespeare actors and enthusiasts.  Meetings take place between 13.30 and 17.00 in The Art Room, 152 Arlington Road, Camden Town, London, NW1.  See website for further details:

Nottingham Shakespeare Society
Meets alternate Tuesdays from September to May at 7pm and the programme consists mainly of talks and readings. Further information
about the society can be obtained from the Secretary on 0115 9256551 or
email:  Meets at The Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham.

Open University Shakespeare Society
The Open University Shakespeare Society was formed in November 1989 and brought together an enthusiastic group of people who wished to share their interest in the life and works of William Shakespeare.   A Groat's Worth of Wit is the quarterly journal of the Open University Shakespeare Society.  Membership enquiries to Secretary of O.U.S.S., Martin Final, 3 Borda Close, Chelmsford,
Essex, CM1 4JY. Tel: 01245 266728 email:  

Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society
Formed in 1997 and based in Sevenoaks, the Society draws its membership from a wide area in west Kent and southeast London. A full-scale Shakespeare production is mounted annually. Other activities include workshops, theatre visits and social events. See web site for further details. e-mail:

An informal gathering of people who actively pursue their interest in the works of William Shakespeare in the company of like-minded other individuals. We read, discuss, and explore the plays of Shakespeare most Tuesdays, 18:30 to 21.00, at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B3 3BS. All scripts are provided at the session, just turn up with your interest in Shakespeare, and a willingness to discover and share insights with the rest of the group. There is a contribution of 5.00 to cover the cost of hiring the venue.
Drop Frank Bramwell an email ( if you're coming for the first time, otherwise feel free to drop in whenever suits BUT please check the calendar on the website Noticeboard page for cancelled meetings etc.
We also hold regular workshops looking in depth at different aspects of Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, founded in 1847, maintains the Shakespeare Centre Library, formed from the literary collections of the Trust and the library and archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Covering all aspects of Shakespeare’s life, works and times it is open free of charge to any interested person.

Shakespeare Institute
The Shakespeare Institute is a unique centre for postgraduate study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Based in Mason Croft, an elegant eighteenth-century house with beautiful gardens and grounds in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Mason Croft, main entranceThe Institute is part of the Department of English of The University of Birmingham . The Institute's Library, housed in a purpose-built building opened in 1995 and extended in 1998, aims to provide all the necessary materials (books, videos, microfilm, cuttings collections and internet access) for the study of Renaissance literature, especially drama and the history of the drama in performance.

The Shakespeare Readers' Society                                                  Meets on the last Sunday of every month in Treadwell's Bookshop, Covent Garden at 6.30pm to read a play. For more information contact Maya Gabrielle Talbot at Website:                           

Sunday Shakespeare Society
Founded on 18th October 1874 by Dr F.J. Furnivall in co-operation with the National Sunday League to enable its members to devote their Sunday leisure to the study of Shakespeare. The Society devotes itself mainly to dramatic reading of the plays by its own members. One play by a contemporary of Shakespeare is generally included in the programme for each year. All meetings will be held at Fred Tallant Hall, 153 Drummond Street, London, NW1 2PB (off Hampstead Road) at 2.15 for 2.30 pm).

For particulars of membership, please apply to the Hon. Secretary: Susan E Taylor, 308 Copperfield, Chigwell, Essex IG7 5JZ, (020-8501 2841). The annual subscription is 12.00 payable to the Hon. Treasurer and due at the April AGM.

Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Club
Founded in 1824, The Shakespeare Club organizes eight lectures throughout the year including a mix of academic and theatrical speakers. Annual subscription 8.00, occasional visitors 2.00. Further information: Bryan Palin 01789 296432.

Friends of the RSC
Organizes a series of events, usually once a month, in London or Stratford. Sessions include a talk and question and answer session from an actor or technical person associated with the company. 
The Friends is open to members of the RSC Mailing List for an additional cost of 8.

For more information contact Angela Banks 01789 403440 or write to Friends of RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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