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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 shane.m@left-bank.com

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: Romeo & Juliet

June 19th: Hamlet Globe to Globe by Dominic Dromgoole

July 17th: Taming of the Shrew

August 21st: Two Gentlemen of Verona

September 18th: London Fog by Christine Corton

October 16th: Macbeth

November 20th: Falstaff: Give Me Life by Harold Bloom

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

 

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

 

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Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780802127969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 17th, 2018

June 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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The Taming of the Shrew (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$7.20
ISBN: 9780812969290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - September 14th, 2010

July 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969382
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - September 13th, 2011

August 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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London Fog: The Biography Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780674979819
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard Universi - December 1st, 2017

September 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Macbeth (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969160
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

October 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Falstaff: Give Me Life (Shakespeare's Personalities #1) Cover Image
$16.00
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
$14.00
ISBN: 9780198819998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 8th, 2018

December 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection