Throughout 2014, in honour of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Shakespeare and Company is hosting the Bard-en-Seine Readings. The goal is simple: to revisit and celebrate some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays. So, once a month, we will be hosting informal read-throughs in the library, which will be recorded and sent out as podcasts, so you’ll all be able to share in the theatrical fun.

If you’d like to take part, please email Milly Unwin, and tell her whether you’d prefer a larger or a smaller role. Parts will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and we’ll let you know a week in advance of the reading whether you have a role. No preparation necessary, and we’ll provide the scripts. Please note that, due to space restrictions, the Bard-en-Seine Readings will only be open to those taking part.

The allocated plays for each remaining month of 2014 are as follows:

  • March – The Tempest
  • April – King Lear
  • May – As You Like It
  • June – Henry IV (Part 1)
  • July – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • August – Othello
  • September – The Merchant of Venice
  • October – Hamlet
  • November – Twelfth Night
  • December – Anthony and Cleopatra

Please check the newsletter and website each month for dates and times, and details of how to apply.