McCarter@HOME presents:

Shakespeare Community Reading Group

FRIDAY, JULY 31 at 7:00PM


Nothing will come of nothing.

King Lear
(Act 1, Scene 1)

McCarter hosts a virtual Shakespeare Community Reading Group—now in its 5th year!—for people of all ages and levels of experience. This is a casual, informal, and fun way to personally experience Shakespeare’s words and characters. All are welcome and no experience necessary! 


After a bit of a hiatus, we will convene virtually to share aloud the first half of The Tragedy of King LearIt is one of three of Shakespeare’s greatest plays written “in the shadow of plague” and “against the backdrop of strife” in 1606, which scholar James Shapiro refers to in his microhistory as "The Year of Lear". (Fun fact: King Lear has the earliest know reference to a "football player" in Act 1, Scene 4.)



All are invited, but registration is required.  Please be sure to read all the information detailed in the online form.

Don’t have a copy of the play at home? Here is just one place to find the full text for free online. 




This event is offered at no cost, but donations to McCarter Theatre Center are always appreciated.




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Shakespeare Community Reading Group is supported in part by Stages Online, a partnership with New Jersey Theatre Alliance to bring theatre content into homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stages Online is made possible by generous funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.