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The speaker's memories of a tour in Canada when he played "The Barrets of Wimpole Street" and other plays under the direction of Sir Barry Jackson. Ties between Canada and Britain. The works of William Shakespeare as the greatest ambassador in the world. The significant contribution of Shakespeare. Some history of that time period when Shakespeare was writing. The works of Shakespeare as a form of escape from the dreary grinding toil of everyday life. A summary of the history and work of the Advance Players Association, which has presented the speaker's Company for the last ten years. The issue of teaching Shakespeare in the schools, and how it is taught. Some reminiscences of the Company's difficulties and performances, especially during the war. Such anecdotes serving to support the speaker's thesis of Shakespeare's works as a great ambassador.