Monthly lectures organised by The Arts Society Dukeries take place at the Civic Centre, Carlton on the first Wednesday of every month. Members of the Society also enjoy two extra Special Interest Days, newsletters, a national magazine, a coach holiday and days out to local places of interest.
The Society likes to involve local communities and has produced Trails of the local area, its churches and other special buildings.
The next lecture is the Christmas lecture on 6th December, with mince pies and raffle, where Sarah Lenton will present ‘300 Years of Christmas at Covent Garden’.
Christmas spectacles, slapstick and beanstalks have been drawing crowds to Covent Garden since 1737.
John Rich, the first manager of what is now the Royal Opera House, was a fine dancer, mime and special effects man and he (and his successors) developed all the well-known features of the London Christmas season. Even now principal boys, fairies and harlequins are alive and well on the Royal Opera House stage.
The lecture pulls together the whole performing tradition and brings it up to date with the latest Christmas offerings.
The club’s AGM and next lecture is in February.
The Society meets at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Tea and coffee are available before the lecture, ready to start by 10.50am and lasting for approximately one hour. Free car parking is available. Members pay an annual subscription; visitors are welcome, paying at the door.
For further information, phone Caroline on 01909 531614 or Gill on 01909 540506, or visit www.theartssociety.org/Dukeries.