Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Virtual Shakespeare Aloud

On designated Thursdays each week from 1pm–2:30pm PST, Shakespeare Aloud hosts a FREE reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers or as audience members using the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

How to participate

Join our Virtual Shakespeare Aloud mailing list to receive your Zoom invitation link. Click the link on the day of the reading to join fellow Shakespeare fans. All readings take place at 1:00 pm PST. Join 15 minutes early for a "how-to" on using Zoom. Character selection will not take place until 1:00 pm. Readings will last approximately 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome! All voice, all dialects. No experience or audition is required. Shakespeare Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Shakespeare, so bring your sense of humor!

Do I need to download Zoom?

If you do not have Zoom downloaded on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the link to join the meeting. You may also download Zoom for free here.

Do I need to have an account?

You do not need to have an account to join a meeting. You may create one if you like.

Where can I learn more about Zoom?

We recommend the Quick Start Guide for new users. There you will be able to join a test meeting and try out Zoom before our virtual reading event.





Up Next: Edward III

Thursday, May 28, 2020

View the text of Edward III


King Edward III of England lays claim to the French throne and plans a campaign to seize the crown. But first, he must contend with a Scottish invasion and his own amorous feelings towards the wife of one of his loyal subjects.

Fun fact:

The play contains several gibes at Scotland and the Scottish people, which has led some critics to think that it is the work that incited George Nicolson, Queen Elizabeth's agent in Edinburgh, to protest against the portrayal of Scots on the London stage. This could explain why the play was not included in the First Folio of Shakespeare's works, which was published after the Scottish King James had succeeded to the English throne in 1603.



Shakespeare Aloud is provided in collaboration with the Long Beach Public Library 




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