Shakespeare Out Loud!

Now in it's fifth "semester", our Shakespeare Book Club invites you to join a passionate group of Shakespeare fans as Capital Classics Artistic Associate and Professor of Theatre Geoffrey Sheehan moderates group discussions of Shakespeare's earliest works.


The Capital Classics Theatre Company is bringing the Shakespeare Book Club back to the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford for a fifth "semester" of its popular group discussions series with eight months of readings and conversations about some of Shakespeare's greatest works.


The theme of this year's Book Club series is "Shakespeare Out Loud!" Over the course of eight months, participants will choose their favorite passages from selected plays to share out loud with the group for closer examination of Shakespeare's use of language in those moments of human thought, passion and action. 

The Noah Webster Library in West Hartford center.

The Noah Webster Library in West Hartford center.

Whether it's your first Shakespeare play or you've been a fan of the Bard your whole life, all are welcome to join the Shakespeare Book Club discussions.

Shakespeare Book Club discussions are free of charge and will gather in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford, at 7:00pm on the first Monday of every month

Dates and Topics:

Monday, October 1: Shakespeare Out Loud Workshop

  • Exploration of Shakespeare’s writing techniques and clues in the First Folio texts that help us deliver his written words more effectively.

Monday, November 5: Love & Comedy

  • Choose passages from “As You Like It” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Monday, December 3: Love & Tragedy

  • Choose passages from “Romeo & Juliet” and “Othello.”

Monday, January 7: Politics

  • Choose passages from “Julius Caesar” and “Richard II.”

Monday, February 4: Magic: Dark & Light

  • Choose passages from “Macbeth” and “The Tempest.”

Monday, March 4: Henry! Henry! Henry! and Henry and Henry…

  • Choose passages from any of the seven plays with “Henry” in the title: "Henry IV,Part 1;” “Henry IV, Part 2;” “Henry V;” “Henry VI, Part 1;” “Henry VI, Part 2;” “Henry VI, Part 3;” and “Henry VIII.”

Monday, April 1: April Fools!

  • Choose passages from Shakespeare’s fools and clowns, such as Touchstone from “As You Like It;” Launce and Speed from “Two Gentlemen of Verona;” Feste from “Twelfth Night;” Fool from “King Lear;” Lavatch from “All’s Well That Ends Well;” the two Dromios from “The Comedy of Errors;” Dogberry from “Much Ado About Nothing;” and Stephano and Trinculo from “The Tempest.”

Monday, May 6: Family Spats

  • Choose passages from “Hamlet” and “King Lear.”

Sessions are held in the Library Meeting Room of the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street in West Hartford, at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. No registration is needed to attend. You may bring your own covered beverage or quiet snack to the meeting room — and your Isham Garage parking ticket will even be validated in the Library Meeting Room before the discussion.

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For more information, contact the Noah Webster Library at (860) 561-6990 or visit Learn more about the Capital Classics Theatre Company at