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Prof. Jerzy Limon, Director of Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, receives Pragnell Shakespeare Award
Prof. Dr hab. Jerzy Limon from the Faculty of Languages of the University of Gdańsk, initiator and director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, has received the Pragnell Shakespeare Award, a prestigious distinction awarded for outstanding achievement in popularising and developing the knowledge of the works of William Shakespeare and a significant contribution to understanding them.
The Pragnell Shakespeare Award is an international award presented since 1990 and founded by the famous jeweller George Pragnell from Stratford-upon-Avon. The award is presented in recognition of the achievements of the past year or longstanding and long-lasting achievement in popularising the works of Shakespeare in the field of theatre, criticism, scientific research or education.
This year’s winner, Prof. Dr hab. Jerzy Limon is a professor of English, historian, translator of English literature, theatrologist and writer. He is considered a renowned expert on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era. Professor of Humanities of the University of Gdańsk’s Faculty of Languages, member of the Polish Academy of Learning and the Polish Academy of Sciences. Initiator and director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, opened in September 2014, and artistic director of the international Shakespeare Festival in Gdańsk. Member of the International Shakespeare Association, Polish Shakespeare Association, Polish Society of Theatre Historians, ZAiKS (Polish Society of Authors and Composers), Polish Writers’ Association and the Poznań Society of Friends of Learning.
Previous winners of the Pragnell Shakespeare Award have included many outstanding professors, directors and actors such as Peter Brook, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Hall, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Stanley Wells and Sir Kenneth Branagh. The award has also been presented to an institution – the famous Folger Shakespeare Library.
The award ceremony will be held on 27 April, traditionally during Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations in his hometown of Stratford, an event which each year brings together authority officials and representatives of business and culture from the United Kingdom and abroad and which provides a rare chance for the British diplomatic corps to meet outside London.
Prepared by UG’s Press Office