The Stage of Shakespeare

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

On tuesday 18 january 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle attended and spoke at "The Stage of Shakespeare" lecture given by James Hay at the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society (PLSS) meeting held at the Penny-street Lecture Hall (Portsmouth).


  • President/Chairman
    • General J. W. Cox, C.B., F.R.G.S.
  • Attendees
    • General A. W. Drayson, F.R.A.S.,
    • Colonel Harrington,
    • Rev. J. C. Cox-Edwards, M.A., R.N.,
    • Dr. Ernest W. Sall,
    • Dr. B. H. Mumby,
    • Dr. C. C. Claremont,
    • Mr. James Hay
    • Mr. H. Percy Boulnois
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan
    • Mr. Lewis P. Lewis, R.N.
    • Mr. J. Ollis, R.N.
    • Mr. W. Inglis, R.N.
    • Mr. George Ollis
    • Mr. H. Moncrieff
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Mr. W. Read
    • Mr. A. G. German
    • Mr. G. P. Gilbert
    • Mr. W. Smith
    • Mr. E. F. Burton
    • Mr. Charles de Grave Sells
    • Mr. C. Foran
    • Mr. R. Melville Abud
    • Mr. R. Brown
    • Mr. Garland
    • Mr. F. Court
    • Mr. H. G. Way
    • Mr. G. F. Bell
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle (Hon. Sec.)
  • Elected members
    • Rev. F. D. Davies, R.N.
    • Mr. G. P. Gilbert
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan
    • Mr. H. Moncrieff
    • Mr. T. W. Scaddan

Conan Doyle contribution

A vote of thanks to Mr. Hay was proposed by Dr. A. CONAN DOYLE, who said they must remember that at the period in which Shakespeare lived there was no other opening in literature but the drama for pushing young men, and that probably if all other literature were abolished they should succeed in finding dramatists now to equal Shakespeare, who, had he lived in these days, would probably have been only a novelist.

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