Shakespeare Festival Reads

Join us for a collaborative reading group with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis! We usually meet the third Tuesday of every month.  We read Shakespeare's plays and poetry, as well as commentary, history, and modern adaptations. Questions? Interested? Email Shane at

This year Shakespeare Festival St Louis holds SHAKE 38 from April19th to the 23rd, closing on the 400th anniversary of The Bard's death. Click here for more information and stay tuned for a chance to see us on a very small stage that week! Follow #Shakespeare400 to learn what's happening around the globe!


2017 Reading List

January 17th, 2017, 7pm: The Shakespeare Circle by Paul Edmonson

February 21st, 2017, 7pm: The Merchant of Venice

March 21st, 7pm: Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson 

April 18th, 7pm: Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets by Helen Vendler

May 16th, 7pm: The Winter's Tale

June 20th, 7pm: Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson 

July 18th, 7pm: Much Ado About Nothing

August 15th, 7pm: King John

September 19th, 7pm: The Year of Lear by James Shapiro 

October 17th, 7pm: Othello

November 21st, 7pm: Shakespeare and the Countess by Chris Laoutaris

December 19th, 7pm: As You Like It

What we've read before: 2016201520142013, 2012The Plays We've Read 


Shakespeare: The World as Stage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062564627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2016

June 2017 selection

Much Ado about Nothing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812969177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

July 2017 selection