Globe Theatre remembrance for Richmond theatre expert

Remembered: William Gladstone with Ros Aitken at her book launch

Remembered: William Gladstone with Ros Aitken at her book launch

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A late lecturer and theatre expert will be among those remembered at The Globe’s annual commemorative ceremony.

Ros Aitken, who died in March after a battle with cancer, will be recognised at the theatre’s annual ceremony which remembers people who have meant a great deal to Shakespeare’s Globe but died in the past year.

The ceremony will take place at the theatre on Saturday, June 14, after the 2pm matinee performance of Antony and Cleopatra.

At the end of the performance, someone will be presented with the Sam Wanamaker Award, in recognition of their contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

Mrs Aitken, who lived in Richmond with her husband Tom, enrolled at Birkbeck College and completed a masters degree in renaissance theatre and art and wrote a dissertation on indoor performances of Othello after the disastrous fire at the Globe Theatre.

She joined her husband as a lecturer on aspects of the life of the 19th century prime minister William Gladstone, at Gladstone’s library in Hawarden, Flintshire.

Her book his second son Stephen Gladstone was published in 2012 and she was working on a second book, on Catherine Gladstone and her daughters, at the time of her death.

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