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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.

2018 Reading List

Monday, January 15th, 7pm: Love's Labour's Lost ***note meeting on Monday***

Monday, February 19th, 7pm: Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt ***note meeting on Monday***

Tuesday, March 20th, 7pm: The Tempest

Tuesday, April 17th, 7pm: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

May 15th, 7pm: Romeo & Juliet

June 19th, 7pm: Hamlet Globe to Globe by Dominic Dromgoole

July 17th, 7pm: Taming of the Shrew

August 21st: Two Gentlemen of Verona

Monday, September 17th, 7pm at Vito's: London Fog by Christine Corton  ***note date change and different location***

Monday, October 15th, 7pm: Macbeth  ***note date change***

November 20th, 7pm: Falstaff: Give Me Life by Harold Bloom

December 18th, 7pm: Shakespeare's First Folio by Emma Smith


What we've read before: 20172016201520142013, 2012The Plays We've Read 


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Falstaff: Give Me Life (Shakespeare's Personalities #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501164149
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2018

November 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection

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Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780198819998
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 8th, 2018

December 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection