Shakespeare Community Reading Group



My love is as a fever, longing still | For that which longer nurseth the disease, | Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, | Th' uncertain sickly appetite to please...

The start of Sonnet #147

Love theatre and reading plays aloud? Savor the sonnets? McCarter hosts a virtual Shakespeare Community Reading Group—now in its 6th year!—for people of all ages and levels of experience. This is a casual, fun way to personally experience Shakespeare’s words and characters. All are welcome and no experience is necessary! 


For this virtual event, we will celebrate Shakespeare’s poetic preeminence as a writer of sonnets with our 4th Annual Sonnet Slam in partnership with The Princeton Public Library! Each registrant who wishes to participate as a sonnet reader will get to present two sonnets to the assembled group: THE FIRST, a sonnet of their own choosing, and THE SECOND, a sonnet randomly assigned them from the Great Sonnet Sorting Bowl!


Join us as a reader or a listener! 

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

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




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


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