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Next Meeting
Thursday, 3 May at 7pm
By Simon Gray
The Actors Centre
John Thaw Room
1a Tower Street,
off Earlham Street, London WC2H 9NP
Nearest tube stations areTottenham Court Road or Leicester Square and a number of buses pass close by, including the 14,19,24,29,38 and176.  
Visitors are welcome to all our meetings entrance fee is £10, Members £5

When the Society was founded on 26 July 1941, Bernard Shaw's eighty fifth birthday. He wanted nothing to do with the idea, and it was his curious letter of rejection that contained the phrase we quote here, and which was eagerly incorporated into the constitution of the Society. Reproduced here is the letter as written by Shaw.

The Browning Society was a terror to Browning Shelley was dead, Shakespeare  was dead,
I shall soon be dead.
We all provided a rallying point for the co-operation and education of kindred spirits and a forum for their irreconcilable controversies.
So go ahead, but don't bother me about it. I am old, deaf, and dotty. In short, a Has Been.
GBS  November 1941
Monday 23rd April
at 7.30pm
Queens of the Nile
Whose was the real Cleopatra: Shakespeare’s or Shaw’s?
A script-in-hand performance to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and St George’s Day
Devised and narrated by Jonas Cemm
Nikki Clarke as Cleopatra and Will Birch as Caesar
Directed by Jon Bradshaw.

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