Celebration of director Peter Glenville’s life held at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway

Author: Warren von Eschenbach

On 2 November, Notre Dame International, in collaboration with the Peter Glenville Foundation and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, held a one-day symposium and gala celebration at the University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) in England to celebrate the life and works of British director, Peter Glenville. The event entitled ‘Peter Glenville, the life and legacy of the great director’ was part of a weekend commemoration of the centenary of Peter Glenville’s birth in association with the British Film Institute and The Old Vic theatre. 


Actor, writer, and director, Charles Duff, who teaches theatre for the London Undergraduate Program at Notre Dame and film critic, Quentin Falk, delivered the keynote addresses for the conference.  “Peter Glenville’s legacy is immense, not the least of which is that he is the key figure in the 1950 and 60s for linking British and American film and theatre,” said Mr. Duff, one of the conference organizers.

The afternoon’s panel discussion and Q&A session was chaired by journalist, broadcaster and author Mark Lawson and included theatre critic Michael Billington; Pamela Lady Harlech; former Director of the National Theatre, Richard Eyre; and composer Laurence Rosenthal.  Several notable actors and authors were on hand for the event, including Claire Bloom, Rupert Christiansen, Fernanda Eberstadt, Rita Moreno,  and David Weston. Members of The Terrence Rattigan Society, The Oxford University Drama Society, and Notre Dame faculty and students also were in attendance.

Photo taken by Emily Grassby.

Contact: Emily Grassby, Program Administrator, London Undergraduate Program, egrassby@nd.edu