The best way to read Shakespeare's plays is out loud and with friends!
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.
Readings will always be free and open to the public. Hearing these plays read aloud will give you more insight into the depth of Shakespeare’s works.
We welcome all voices, all dialects! This is intended to be a fun time, so bring your sense of humor.
The Winter’s Tale
January 6, 2018
February 3, 2018
March 3, 2018
April 7, 2018
The Two Noble Kinsmen
May 5, 2018
Past Shakespeare Allowed!
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
Hamlet: January 7, 2017
Twelfth Night: February 4, 2017
All's Well that Ends Well: March 4, 2017
Othello: April 1, 2017
Measure for Measure: May 6, 2017
King Lear: June 3, 2017
Macbeth: July 1, 2017
Pericles: August 5, 2017
Coriolanus: September 2, 2017
Timon of Athens: October 7, 2017
Troilus and Cressida: November 4, 2017