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. 

As You Like It - July 21, 2018
Julius Caesar - August 18, 2018

Henry V - September 15, 2018 
Hamlet - October 20, 2108
Twelfth Night - November 17, 2018
All's Well that Ends Well - December 15, 2018
Othello - January 19, 2019
Measure for Measure - February 16, 2019
King Lear - March 16, 2019
Macbeth - April 20, 2019
Pericles - May 18, 2019
Coriolanus - June 15, 2019
Timon of Athena - July 20, 2019
Troilus and Cressida - August 17, 2019
Antony and Cleopatra - September 21, 2019
The Winter's Tale - October 19, 2019
The Tempest - November 16, 2019
Cymbeline - December 21, 2019
Henry VIII - January 18, 2020
The Two Noble Kinsmen - February 15, 2020

Each reading takes approximately 3 hours.

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