Shakespeare Allowed!


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. Whoever wants to read out loud can choose to sit at the table. 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, anyone outside of the circle who would like a turn to read out loud may pull up a chair. Some copies of the play will be available, but please bring your own if possible.

Everyone's welcome! 

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.

Want to read ALL the plays in HALF the time?? 
Head on down to Rutherford County on the 3rd Saturday of every month where The Rutherford County Shakespeare Society is hosting their own Shakespeare Allowed starting in the middle of the canon with As You Like It!  Starting July 21st, 2018 at noon at the Linebaugh Library and continuing indefinitely! 

"Kristen Kindoll: Read aloud -- or read along -- with Shakespeare" The Tennessean (6/17/2014)

Shakespeare Allowed Dates

Henry VI, Part I: July 7, 2018
Henry VI, Part II: August 4, 2018
Henry VI, Part III: September 1st, 2018
Richard III: October 6th, 2018
Titus Andronicus: November 3rd, 2018
The Comedy of Errors: December 1st, 2018
The Taming of the Shrew: January 5th, 2019
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: February 2nd, 2019
Love’s Labor’s Lost: March 2nd, 2019
Richard II: April 6th, 2019
King John: May 4th, 2019
Romeo & Juliet: June 1st, 2019
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 6th, 2019
The Merchant of Venice: August 3rd, 2019
The Merry Wives of Windsor: September 7th, 2019
Henry IV Part I: October 5th, 2019
Henry IV Part II: November 2nd, 2019
Much Ado About Nothing: December 7th, 2019
As You Like It: January 4th, 2020
Julius Caesar: February 1st, 2020
Henry V: March 7th, 2020
Hamlet: April 4th, 2020
Twelfth Night: May 2nd, 2020
All's Well that Ends Well: June 6th, 2020
Othello: July 11th, 2020
Measure for Measure: August 1st, 2020
King Lear: September 5th, 2020
Macbeth: October 3rd, 2020
Pericles: November 7th, 2020
Coriolanus: December 5th, 2020
Timon of Athens: January 2nd, 2021
Troilus and Cressida: February 6th, 2021
Antony and Cleopatra: March 6th, 2021
The Winter's Tale: April 3rd, 2021
The Tempest: May 1st, 2021
Cymbeline: June 5th, 2021
Henry VIII: July 3rd, 2021
The Two Noble Kinsmen: August 7th, 2021

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