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A ten week evening & morning introductory course

Shakespeare Reading Groups

These groups are intended to provide an opportunity to discover truths about human life as expressed in Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

Shakespeare is able to give voice to inner human processes and to provide remarkable illustrations as to what will result from one course of action and what from another.

The ‘Sweet swan of Avon’ was ‘not of an age, but for all time’ and the intelligent aptness and beauty of his words can be as striking for us today as for his Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences.

During meetings, we read scenes from the current play (either in parts or round the room) and stop whenever we come across something we wish to consider or discuss. We read about a play a term with the occasional session on sonnets.

There are currently two Shakespeare reading groups during term time. One of these meets on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 12:00 and the other on Sunday mornings from10:00 to 11:30. Each group reads a different play and membership of one or both is possible.

Regular attendance is hoped for but is not a requirement (we all have commitments elsewhere from time to time). No prior experience of Shakespeare is necessary.

The groups are open to all who are (or have been) members of the School of Economic Science. There is no charge for those currently paying philosophy fees at the school. For others, a small termly charge is made towards the cost of the facilities.

If you would like to know more, or join one of the groups, please contact Brian Smith at zephyrus@ntlworld.com