Love Shakespeare? Join the Rutherford County Shakespeare Allowed group at Linebaugh Public Library and read through all his works!

On the third Saturday of each month, we will gather to read one of the works of William Shakespeare. 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. Readers will need to bring their own copy of the work or borrow a copy from the library. 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.

For those who want to read through the entire canon in half the time, our program runs in association with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare Allowed! series, which runs the first Saturday of every month  at The Nashville Public Library beginning July 7th with the first of Shakespeare's plays, Henry VI, Part I."  

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

Henry VI, Part I: March 21, 2020
Henry VI, Part II: April 18, 2020
Henry VI, Part III: May 16, 2020
Richard III: June 20, 2020
Titus Andronicus: July 18, 2020
The Comedy of Errors: August 15, 2020
The Taming of the Shrew: September 19, 2020
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: October 17, 2020
Love’s Labor’s Lost: November 21, 2020
Richard II: December 19, 2020
King John: January 16, 2021
Romeo & Juliet: February 20, 2021
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: March 20, 2021
The Merchant of Venice: April 17, 2021
The Merry Wives of Windsor: May 15, 2021
Henry IV Part I: June 19, 2021
Henry IV Part II: July 17, 2021
Much Ado About Nothing: August 21, 2021
As You Like It - September 18, 2021
Julius Caesar - October 16, 2021
Henry V - November 20, 2021
Hamlet - December 18, 2021
Twelfth Night - January 15, 2022
All's Well that Ends Well - February 19, 2022
Othello -  March 19, 2022
Measure for Measure - April 16, 2022
King Lear - May 21, 2022
Macbeth - June 18, 2022
Pericles - July 16, 2022
Coriolanus - August 20, 2022
Timon of Athena - September 17, 2022
Troilus and Cressida - October 15, 2022
Antony and Cleopatra - November 19, 2022
The Winter's Tale - December 17, 2022
The Tempest - January 21, 2023
Cymbeline - February 18, 2023
Henry VIII - March 18, 2023
The Two Noble Kinsmen - April 15, 2023

Each reading takes approximately 3 hours.

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