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Shakespeare Reading Group


Shakespeare Reading Group

A reading group run by postgraduates on the MA Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance programme but open to all. This group meets monthly to discuss a pre-arranged Shakespeare text plus an affiliated work (article, critical extract, theoretical framework, production, biography etc). Members are free to take any aspect of these texts for consideration and are invited to talk and/or provide notes for the group to share. Members are also invited to post their own production/book reviews by creating a page on this forum. In this way, the group promotes the acquisition of a wide knowledge base through shared learning and open discussion. No qualifications required - just an enthusiasm for Shakespeare and his world. 

Location: London
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Oct 5, 2013

Meeting Details


Date: 17.30 to 19.00  Friday 28  March 2014


Location: Room 112, 43 Gordon Square


This meeting is cancelled









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Comment by Gemma Miller on October 5, 2013 at 10:33

Thank you to all who attended last night's discussion on All's Well That Ends Well. I hope you found it as useful as I did. The play up for discussion at the next meeting (1 Nov) is Titus Andronicus.

There is a production at the Arcola Theatre running for a limited number of performances in October which may be of interest https://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/titus-Andronicus

There is also a LAMDA student production of The Revenger's Tragedy at the Pleasance Theatre during Nov/Dec which should be an interesting point of comparison. http://www.lamda.org.uk/development/whatson/pleasance.htm


Please let me know if there are any particular past performances, critical perspectives, textual considerations you would like to research and present for discussion.


thanks, Gemma

Comment by Gemma Miller on October 5, 2013 at 10:25

The London Shakespeare Seminars are starting up again on 14 October at Senate House. Follow this link for full details. http://events.sas.ac.uk/ies/seminars/177/London+Shakespeare+Seminar

Also, there is a Saturday London Renaissance Seminar on 'Creating Early Modern Memory' on 19 October. Our very own Gill Woods is one of the speakers. I will put the flyer in the 'Pages' section

Comment by Gemma Miller on July 23, 2013 at 1:28

I have added a copy of my review of the Branagh Macbeth to the page on the right hand side of the forum. Please feel free to comment on this. thanks.

Comment by Gemma Miller on July 21, 2013 at 14:31

I went to Manchester yesterday to see Branagh's Macbeth. I will post my notes later today. I hope some of you managed to see it at the cinema in the evening's live NT broadcast as it was truly magnificent. As an added bonus I was sitting next to Brian Blessed, who regaled me with lots of stories of working with 'Ken'.

Comment by Gemma Miller on July 8, 2013 at 10:50

Hi Everyone

If no-one has any objections I am going to ask Anne Marie to book us a room for the 4th October at 5.30 and every fourth Friday thereafter. Please let me know if you foresee any problems with this, preferably before the end of today (Monday 8th July)




Comment by Gemma Miller on July 4, 2013 at 18:41

There is a performance of Love's Labour's Lost at the Old Red Lion Theatre this Saturday afternoon. It is playing in repertory with Romeo and Juliet. Hope to see you there

details can be found on this link: http://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/loves-labours-lost.htm

Comment by Gemma Miller on July 4, 2013 at 6:19

Hi again

I have found a way to attach production/book reviews and publicity material for up-coming events. If you click on 'add a page' (above right), you can create a page accessible to all members which allows you to upload files. I will be giving this a go later with my review of the Globe's current production of Macbeth



Comment by Gemma Miller on July 4, 2013 at 2:16

Hi Everyone

Welcome to the Shakespeare Reading Group. I am still working on customising this page and will be adding some more information later today.

I have suggested meeting monthly on a Friday evening between 5.30 and 7, beginning with the first Friday of October (being 4th October 2013). If no-one has a problem with this I will ask Anne Marie to book us a room. I understand that we need to do this as soon as possible before availability becomes an issue. Please let me know if you think this is a viable day/time?

As for refreshments, should we operate a byob system, whereby everyone provides their own drinks and snacks or do you think we should try to centralize it via a nominal monthly subscription of, say, £3? Alternatively, we could take it in turns to bring, for example, 2 bottles of wine and some crisps/biscuits.

Please feel free to post your suggestions.

When I have worked out how to upload documents to the site, I will look into ways to share book and theatre reviews. This will provide us with a disciplined framework within which to practice our writing skills while sharing valuable information.




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