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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! This year we’ll bring King John to the bookstore on April 20th at 7:00pm.

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.

2019 Reading List

January 15th, 2019, 7pm: Titus Andronicus

February 19th, 2019, 7pm: Pericles **postponed due to weather** will discuss in March along with Tales from Shakespeare

March 19th, 2019, 7pm: Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb (and will discuss Pericles)

April 16th, 2019, 7pm: Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

May 21st, 7pm: Love's Labour's Lost & All's Well That Ends Well **postponed due to weather** email Shane for makeup date

June 18th, 7pm: Sonnets & Poems

July 16th, 7pm: Cymbeline

August 20th, 7pm: Shakespeare in Swahililand by Edward Wilson-Lee

September 17th, 7pm: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt **meeting at St. Louis Public Library-Carpenter Branch**

October 15th, 7pm: Richard III

November 19th, 7pm: The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe

December 17th, 7pm: Cakes & Ale by W. Somerset Maugham


What we've read before: 2019201820172016201520142013, 2012The Plays We've Read 


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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199537068
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 15th, 2008

November 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection

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Cakes and Ale (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725029
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - December 5th, 2000

December 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection