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ShakesFest Plays We've Read

May 2012: Othello 

September 2012: Macbeth 

January 2013: The Merchant of Venice

March 2013: Julius Ceasar

May 2013: Twelfth Night

June 2013: The Sonnets

July 2013: Richard III

September 2013: A Winter's Tale

October 2013: Hamlet

April 2014: Henry IV parts 1 & 2

May 2014: Henry V

August 2014: King Lear

January, February & March 2015: Henry VI parts 1, 2 & 3

May 2015: Antony & Cleopatra

October 2015: Richard II

February 2016: Romeo and Juliet

May 2016: A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 2016: Coriolanus

November 2016: Hamlet (also read in October 2013)

February 2017: The Merchant of Venice (also read in January 2013)

May 2017: The Winter's Tale (also read in September 2013)

July 2017: Much Ado About Nothing

August 2017: King John

October 2017: Othello (also read in May 2012)

December 2017: As You Like It

A note on the editions: In 2013, our reading group started using the Royal Shakespeare Company editions edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. They are affordable and have a design continuity that creates a lovely shelf of spines. Since we began using them, we've found that while having a Complete Works collection is excellent for a full library, these individual editions work well for reading groups, light reading, and focused study. Each play is accompanied by historical, textual, performance and interpretative essays. All of the members of the reading group use the accompanying text in different ways and read in different orders to inform our readings of the plays - particularly the ones we are less familiar with. These editions are delightful and an all-around good library choice.