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Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Discussion Group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees' Room.

Every year we select a range of plays, each of which is read over two months. 

A play leader pre-circulates background readings, talking points and questions as well as the scenes to be read in plenary. Everyone has a chance to read, although anyone who would prefer not to is free to pass. Reading aloud helps to take us off the page and breathes life into the words themselves. Discussions are guided by the play leader and group moderator and generally flow organically. 

There is no requirement of familiarity with Shakespeare's works in order to join our discussions. We recommend the Arden edition if you are acquiring a new text. 

For further questions, please feel free to write to group moderator Michael Almond at michael.almond2010@gmail.com.

Note that during the Covid-19 outbreak our meetings are held through a virtual platform.

2020–2021 Schedule

  • Jun. 10: The Merry Wives of Windsor 
  • Jul. 8: The Merry Wives of Windsor 
  • Aug. 12: Cover to cover read-through of King John, starting at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Sep. 9: Richard II
  • Oct. 14: Richard II
  • Nov. 11: Henry IV Part 1
  • Dec. 9: Henry IV Part 1
  • Jan. 13: Henry IV Part 2
  • Feb. 10: Henry IV Part 2
  • Mar. 10: Henry V
  • Apr. 14: Henry V
  • May 12: Great Speeches
  • Jun. 9: Macbeth
  • Jul. 14: Macbeth
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 8: Edward II (by Christopher Marlowe)
  • Oct. 13: Edward II (by Christopher Marlowe)