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King Lear

June 3, 2017 12-3pm @ Nashville Main Library

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read every play
Shakespeare wrote, out loud in a reading circle. Once a month,
we will gather to read one of the works of William Shakespeare,
beginning with the first play he wrote and ending with his last. No
need to commit to the whole canon, but if you’ve ever wanted to
say “Yeah, I’ve read all of Shakespeare’s plays," this is the perfect
opportunity to achieve that lofty goal!

HOW IT WORKS: We meet at 11:50am. There will be 16 chairs in a
circle and whoever wants to read out loud can choose one of
the 16. There will be additional seating available for anyone who
wants to read along silently. (Although we might ask you to pipe in
for crowd scenes!)  The reading starts at 12:00 pm. We will take a

15 minute break in the middle of each play. During the

break readers inside the circle can give up their seats to anyone

outside of the circle who would like a turn to read out loud. Some

copies of the play will be available, but please bring your

own if possible.

IT’S FREE & FUN!  Readings at the Nashville main library are on the first Saturday afternoon of each month (the second Saturday in certain months - see schedule). 

Readings will always be free and open to the public. Hearing these

plays read aloud will give you much more insight into the depth of

Shakespeare’s works.

EVERYONE’S WELCOME! We welcome all voices, all dialects!
This is intended to be a fun time, so bring your sense of humor.

Shakespeare Allowed! is located at the Nashville Main Library

Reading calendar:

Henry VI Part I

April 4, 2015


Henry VI Part II

May 2, 2015


Henry VI Part III

June 6, 2015


Richard III

July 11, 2015


Titus Andronicus

August 1, 2015


The Comedy of Errors

September 5, 2015


The Taming of the Shrew

October 3, 2015


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

November 7, 2015


Love’s Labor’s Lost

December 5, 2015


Richard II

January 2, 2016


King John

February 6, 2016


Romeo & Juliet

March 5, 2016


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 2, 2016


The Merchant of Venice

May 7, 2016


The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 4, 2016


Henry IV Part I

July 2, 2016


Henry IV Part II

August 6, 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

September 3, 2016

As You Like It

October 1, 2016

Julius Caesar

November 5, 2016


Henry V

December 3, 2016



January 7, 2017

Twelfth Night

February 4, 2017

All's Well that Ends Well

March 4, 2017


April 1, 2017


Measure for Measure

May 6, 2017


King Lear

June 3, 2017


July 1, 2017


August 5, 2017


September 2, 2017


Timon of Athens

October 7, 2017


Troilus & Cressida

November 4, 2017


Antony & Cleopatra

December 2, 2017


The Winter’s Tale

January 6, 2018


The Tempest

February 3, 2018



March 3, 2018


Henry VIII

April 7, 2018


The Two Noble Kinsmen

May 5, 2018



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