Shakespeare Aloud Shakespeare


Alternate Thursdays • 10 a.m.-noon • Shapiro A*

January 18 • February 1, 15 • March 1, 15, (29 break) • April 5

*This is a time, location, and topic change from the Spring Blue Book.

We will be studying The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare's most complex and controversial works. The current class members expressed an interest in a better understanding of the play and Shakespeare's writing rather than just reading the play. Consequently, the second play, As You Like It, has been postponed until Fall. The additional time will allow the class to include some Great Courses lecture material and textual understanding, as well as acting suggestions from the John Barton recordings "Playing Shakespeare," including insights from Patrick Stewart and David Suchet. Inexpensive copies of The Merchant of Venice script will be available in class.

Leadership of the class will rotate among participants.

Coordinator : Patrick Oswald