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Shakespeare for All - July

Saturday 6th July - Henry IV Part One

Henry IV Part One

On the first Saturday of every month, a group of us gather at 11am in the Stratford Public Library to read Shakespeare. We are chomping our way through the complete works, chronologically, so that we can see Shakespeare’s development as a writer across the thirty-eight plays, two narrative poems, and 154 sonnets. These sessions are open to anyone who would like to turn up, and we are happy to accommodate as many as possible.

We read around the group, speech by speech, which makes the plays many-voiced and keeps us on our toes. But you don’t have to read. Some people just like to sit and listen, to let Shakespeare’s words wash around and over and through them. Copies of the The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd edition) are provided, so we can all have the text in front of us (or some people bring their own copies). There is a comfort break at the end of act three, and the Library provides tea, coffee, and biscuits. We tend to finish between 1.30pm and 2pm.

This whole idea was inspired by our work with Nashville Shakespeare Festival. They call it ‘Shakespeare Aloud’. They also meet on the first Saturday of the month, and are now embarked on their second journey through the canon.

First Saturday of every month from 11.00am to around 1.30-2.00pm in the Stratford Public Library. 

Copies of Shakespeare’s Complete Works and refreshments are provided (or you can bring your own). 

FREE event - no tickets required. Just turn up.

Led by Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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