Royson Pike Lecture Series

An excellent series of lectures Organised by Elmbridge Borough Council, covering a wide range of topics

A Lasso Around the Moon: The 70th Anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life – Lecture by Pete Allen

Date: Wednesday 14th December 2016

Venue: St James’ Church Hall
(The Parish Centre),
Church Street,
Surrey KT13 8DE

Lecture Start Time: 7.30pm

Despite being a box office disaster on its release and the film that  signalled the demise of the career of one of the pioneers of cinema, how did a film, which one critic called a ‘turkey dinner,’ go on to be named the 7th best film in Channel 4’s poll of the ‘100 Greatest Films Ever Made’?

Former Elmbridge Arts Development Officer and current Director of The R C Sherriff Trust, Pete Allen, celebrates the 70th anniversary of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, a film that has become as much as part of Christmas as mince pies and mistletoe.

About The Royson Pike Lecture Series

Edgar Royston Pike, formerly Chairman of the Esher Council, introduced the ‘Esher Library Lectures’ in the late sixties. In 1974, Elmbridge Borough Council changed the title of these lectures to the ‘Royston Pike Lectures’ in appreciation of his 20 years’ work on the Library Committee.
Now in their 42nd year the Royston Pike Lecture Series continues to attract audiences with its eclectic mix of subjects and speakers and the current series hopes to continue on the legacy set by its founder. This season will see the lectures held in several new Elmbridge venues as well as some old familiar ones.

Programme of lectures
  • Thursday 17 November, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames.
    The Tragedy of Pompeii: Living with Volcanoes by David Edwards     

  • Wednesday 14 December, 1.30pm
    St James’ Church Hall, Weybridge
    It’s a Wonderful Life 70th Anniversary by Pete Allen       

  • Friday 13 January, 7.30pm
    King George’s Hall, Esher
    Fashion and Folly by Jane Lewis     

  • Wednesday 22 February, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
    A Taste of Cornwall by Keith Holmes           

  • Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm
    Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames
    Black Pond by Jessica Sarah Rinland and Dave Page        

  • Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
    ‘The Life Story of Mandy Rice Davies’ by Terry Johnson

Most of the lectures will start at 7.30pm but this series also includes 2 afternoon lectures at 1.30pm.

For further information, contact Elmbridge Borough Council's Leisure & Cultural Services team.
Phone: 01372 474 568
or email
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