Day School: Ellen Terry: Uncrowned Queen of England

Ref: C3741591

The child of actors, Ellen Terry played her first professional role at the age of eight and performed throughout her life until her death in 1928, aged 81. George Bernard Shaw wrote of her: 'Ellen Terry is the most beautiful name in the world; it rings like a chime through the last quarter of the nineteenth century.' This lecture will cover: - Ellen Terry's career as an actress and her famous roles. - Her professional and personal relationships, including with the painter, G F Watts, architect/designer E W Godwin and actor-manager, Henry Irving. - Her home at Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent, now owned by the National Trust.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To explore the life and work of the adored Shakespearean actress, Ellen Terry (1847 - 1928)

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Assess Ellen Terry's role in the development of the British theatre in 19th century.
  • Give examples of how today's talk has influenced your perception of the female artist.
  • Enhance a visit to Smallhythe Place with added background knowledge.
  • Identify some iconic images of Ellen Terry
  • Contribute to discussion

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Ellen Terry: Uncrowned Queen of England Course Outline

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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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