Shakespeare Community Reading Group

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00PM

Venue Matthews Theatre’s Lower West Lobby


Right Honourable, I know not how I shall offend in dedicating my vnpolisht lines to your Lordship, nor how the worlde will censure me for choosing so strong a proppe to support so weake a burthen, onelye if your Honour seems but pleased, I account my selfe highly praised, and vowe to take aduantage of all idle houres, till I haue honored you with some grauer labour. But the first heire of my inuention proue deformed, I shall be sorie it has so noble a god-father: and neuer after eare so barren a land, for frere it yield me still so bad a haruest, I leaue it to your Honouralbe suruey, and hour Honor to your hearts content, which I wish may alwaies answere your owne wish, and the worlds hopefull expectation.

Your Honors in all dutie, 
William Shakespeare*

Love theater and reading plays aloud? McCarter hosts a casual monthly Shakespeare Community Reading Group for people of all ages and levels of experience. This is a free. Informal, and fun way to personally experience Shakespeare’s words and characters. All are welcome and everyone will get a turn to read!

To close off our season of Shakespeare, we will enjoy a reading of poem VENUS AND ADONIS. It was Shakespeare’s first printed opus, and his most popular work during his lifetime. Please try to find or print your own copy of the poem—it is easily found via Google search. And bring a friend too!

Please join us! All are invited, but reservations are required. Click below to reserve your seat!


*Dedicatory leaf from 1st Edition of William Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis (1593). The only extant copy of the first printed edition of the poem is at held by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Check out its title page and dedication here.


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