Shakespeare Festival Reads

Reading Group books are available from Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO at a 20% discount.

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them. By December, we’ll have read 28 of the plays; our plan is to finish the canon in 2020.

2018 marks our 3rd year performing a staged reading as part of Shake 38!

If you are interested in joining this group or have any other questions, please email Shane

We usually meet the third Tuesday of every month.

**This group is meeting virtually on Zoom for an invitation to join email**


2022 Reading List

Tuesday, January 18th, 7pm: Henry V by William Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 15th, 7pm: A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke

Tuesday, March 15th, 7pm: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Tuesday, April 19th, 7pm: The War of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones

Tuesday, May 17th, 7pm: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Tuesday, June 21st, 7pm: How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education by Scott Newstok

Tuesday, July 19th, 7pm: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Tuesday, August 16th, 7pm: William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth by Ian Doescher

Tuesday, September 20th, 7pm: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm: Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future by James Shapiro

Tuesday, November 15th, 7pm: The Sonnets and Other Poems by William Shakespeare
                                                     (we will be reading 'The Rape of Lucrece' by Shakespeare and sonnets #21-25)

Tuesday, December 20th, 7pm: Of Human Kindness: What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy by Paula Marantz Cohen

Next Year: 2023

What we've read before: 2021, 20202019201820172016201520142013, 2012The Plays We've Read 


Of Human Kindness: What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy By Paula Marantz Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300256413
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Yale University Press - February 9th, 2021

All's Well That Ends Well (Modern Library Classics) By William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate (Editor), Eric Rasmussen (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812969375
Availability: Special Order
Published: Modern Library - September 13th, 2011