How Shakespeare’s Globe got built – Diana Devlin’s personal account

Come to another Shakespeare lunchtime talk on Thursday 2 June 12.30-1.30pm at Central Library. Diana will present a personal account of the struggle, going back to 1972, when she was first involved in Sam Wanamaker’s concept to reconstruct Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Included will be film footage taken during the project.


About the speaker:
Diana is Deputy Chair, Shakespeare Globe Council, a member of Globe Education Advisory Group and a freelance tutor in theatre arts, including Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Mountview Theatre School and Globe Education. Since 1995 she has lead ‘Rarely Played’ and other seminars at Globe Education.

From 1985-87, Diana was Administrator of the International Shakespeare Globe Centre, London working closely with the late Sam Wanamaker in the Globe reconstruction’s formative days and was later appointed a Trustee.

Diana Devlin read English at Cambridge University and gained her doctorate in Theatre Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. She has taught in numerous colleges and universities in the UK and USA including The Colorado College, Goldsmiths’ College, Central School, RADA, and Webber-Douglas.

As Head of Drama Studies, Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1993-2011, Diana’s responsibilities included leading validation and revalidation of BA and MA programmes in Acting Department. She has been on other validation panels for BA in the UK, Hong Kong and USA. Between 1989-93 she was Personnel and Training Manager Trinity College of Music (Stage Presentation for Singers) and at Central School of Speech and Drama (course leading to BA Central School of Speech and Drama (course leading to BA in Drama). From 1980, Diana was appointed Advisory Drama Teacher, Inner London Education Authority. She has written several books and many articles and reviews.

Among her other fascinating roles, Diana was Training Consultant to Royal Collection Enterprises, including delivery of visitor care training at Buckingham Palace (Summer Opening, Queen’s Picture Gallery, Royal Mews), Sandringham House and Personnel and Training Manager, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent.

SGCNZ is grateful to Shakespeare’s Globe, London for assisting in bringing Diana to New Zealand and Wellington City Libraries for hosting this talk.

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Come to the Central Library and experience Shakespeare live!

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Just because April has finished and Shakespeare’s birth/death date on 23 April has passed does not mean that the fun is over at Wellington City Libraries.

We have more Pop-up Shakespeare sessions planned for the year, Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand will be organising for actors from various local theatre groups to come in to Central Library at 11am-12pm on one Saturday per month throughout the year. They will be performing scenes from selected plays, with four plays per event, in roughly chronological order.

Audience members will be encouraged to join in!

The scheduled dates and plays for Pop-up Shakespeare;

May 21: Henry VI, Richard III, The Taming of the shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
June 25: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 23: The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, parts 1 & 2
August 20: Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It
September 17: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Troilus & Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well
October 15: Measure For Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth
November 12: Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsmen
December 10: Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Henry VIII, Cardenio

There are also a few talks coming up throught the year on various aspects of Shakespeare and theatre, more dates to follow.

To find out when other Shakespeare events at Wellington City Libraries are coming up, go to Shakespeare lives at the library

Celebrate the bard’s birthday


Well it’s Shakespeare’s big day on Saturday 23 April and here at Central Library we have gone in to full Shakespeare mode. There is no less than three displays, and of course a number of books, DVDs and eLibrary audiobooks and eBooks you can borrow.

There’s also Shakespeare school holiday events throughout the next week, and Pop-up Shakespeare on Saturday, with actors roaming around the library acting out scenes from some of the plays, and there is still one more Shakespeare themed film night left this month. There are more events yet to come so keep a watch on this space

Meanwhile check out the following displays at Central Library;

Who knew the books in the 1600's were this big? Just kidding, it's not actual size (more like a giant's copy).
Who knew the books in the 1600’s were this big? Just kidding, it’s not actual size (more like a giant’s copy).


The witches from that Scottish play are brewing up trouble in the Children's area.
The witches from that Scottish play are brewing up trouble in the Children’s area.


The first floor has a model of the Globe theatre and a section of The Long View.
The first floor has a model of the Globe theatre and a section of The Long View.


A model of the Globe theatre stage, did you know that New Zealand made the hangings for the reconstructed Globe theatre that opened in 1997?
A model of the Globe theatre stage, did you know that New Zealand made the hangings for the reconstructed Globe theatre that opened in 1997?


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And here is a selection of all the books and DVDs you can borrow.

Shakespeare lives at the library

Shakespeare lives at the library small banner23 April 2016 marks the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death… and possibly his birth! To celebrate, Wellington City Libraries will be hosting two events at the Central Library, open to all:

On Wednesday 20 April 12.30-1.30pm, come and listen to Raymond Boyce talk about Shakespeare in London, and learn more about Shakespeare’s involvement in London’s life and its theatres.

About the speaker:
Raymond Boyce, MBE, Hon LitD, a Patron of Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, designed the Globe Theatre Hangings made by 500 New Zealand craftswomen for Shakespeare’s Globe in London. There is almost no aspect of the New Zealand stage that Raymond Boyce has not touched upon. Over his 50 year professional career he has designed, directed, produced, acted and administered over 200 productions and was involved in establishing the country’s professional ballet, opera and community theatres. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts and the Old Vic Theatre School in the UK and in 1953 was invited to New Zealand by Richard Campion to be a resident designer to the New Zealand Players. Dr Boyce has been honoured with an MBE, received the prestigious Governor-General Art Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University and, in 2007, was created an Arts Icon by the Arts Foundation of NZ.

On Saturday 23 April 3pm-4pm, we will be celebrating Shakespeare’s life and work by welcoming the Pop-Up Shakespeare appearance by Lord Lackbeards theatre troupe. They  will performing scenes from selected plays in different parts of the library, interacting with the audience, much in the way actors would have performed at the time of Shakespeare. Come and mingle in the Central Library and experience Shakespeare live!