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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.

2020 Reading List

January 21st, 2020, 7pm: Timon of Athens

February 18th, 2020, 7pm: Year of the King by Antony Sher

March 17th, 2020, 7pm: selection moved to May

April 21st, 2020, 7pm: Measure for Measure

May 19th, 7pm: Shakespeare & Co. by Stanley Wells

June 16th, 7pm: Quality of Mercy by Peter Brook

July 21st, 7pm: Merry Wives of Windsor & Much Ado About Nothing

August 18th, 7pm: Troilus & Cressida

September 15th, 7pm: Fools & Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

October 20th, 7pm: Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher

November 17th, 7pm: Cardenio

December 15th, 7pm: Comedy of Errors


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


Fools and Mortals: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062250896
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 8th, 2019

The Two Noble Kinsmen (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199537457
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - January 15th, 2010

Cardenio: Shakespeare's Lost Play Re-Imagined Cover Image
ISBN: 9781848421806
Availability: Special Order
Published: Nick Hern Books - February 28th, 2012

The Comedy of Errors (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812969337
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - June 14th, 2011