Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Shakespeare Aloud:

On a designated Saturday each month, Shakespeare Aloud will host a free reading of each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, one per month until the entire canon is complete. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers (no experience or audition required) or as audience members. Shakespeare Aloud provides the opportunity to hear all the plays, to become readers, and to listen to and work with others. Learn more here.

How it works:

Doors open at 10:45am; reading begins at 11:00. Character names will be placed at a table in the center of the room; whoever wants to read can choose a chair. There will be additional seating for anyone who wants to read along silently. We will take one intermission in the middle of the play. During the break, readers at the table can give up their seats to anyone who would like a turn reading out loud. Some copies of the play will be provided but readers should bring their own. Visit your local library to check out a copy! Everyone is welcome! All voices, all dialects. Shakespeare Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Shakespeare, so bring your sense of humor!

Capacity is limited, so sign up today!


Shakespeare Aloud readings are held atand presented in collaboration withCSULB's University Art Museum



Seating is limited, reserve a seat for specific readings:


King Lear

Sep 24,2016@ 10:45AM



Oct 22, 2016 @ 10:45AM


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Nov 19, 2016 @ 10:45AM


Antony and Cleopatra

Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:45AM



Feb 25, 2017 @ 10:45AM



Mar 25, 2017 @ 10:45AM


The Winter's Tale

Apr 29, 2017 @ 10:45AM


The Tempest

May 20, 2017 @ 10:45AM


The Two Noble Kinsmen

Jun 24, 2017 @ 10:45AM


Henry VIII

Jul 22, 2017 @ 10:45AM


William Shakespeare

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