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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, and themes that echo across the Shakespearean canon, as well as sonnets and narrative poems. Some of the readings take place over one month, others carry into a second month. There is no requirement of familiarity with Shakespeare's works in order to join our discussions. 

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

While we do not require any specific edition of Shakespeare's works for our discussions, please defer to the widely available Norton or Penguin editions if you are acquiring a new text. 

For further questions, please feel free to write to group moderator Michael Almond at

2017–2018 Schedule

  • Sep. 13: Henry VI (selection from parts 1, 2 and 3)
  • Oct. 11: Sharon Hamilton, Shakespeare’s Daughters
  • Nov. 8: As You Like It
  • Dec. 13: ​Othello
  • Jan. 10: Othello
  • Feb. 14: The Merchant of Venice
  • Mar. 14 meeting cancelled due to weather closure
  • Apr. 11: The Merchant of Venice
  • May 9: great Shakespeare soliloquies
  • Jun. 13: The Two Noble Kinsmen 
  • Jul. 11: Richard III
  • Jul. 25 (N.B. this is the fourth Wednesday): the group attends a Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performance of Richard III on the Common
  • No August meeting
  • Sep. 12: reading TBD
  • Sep. 24 (N.B. this is the last Monday): the group convenes with the regularly-scheduled Mystery group to discuss Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time