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.

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!



Shakespeare Aloud readings are presented in collaboration with the CSULB Theatre Arts Dept and are held at the CSULB Theatre Arts Building on the corner of 7th Street and East Campus Drive.




2018 Spring Schedule



Comedy of Errors

June 9, 2018 @10:45am


Coriolanus - Acts I, II , III

July 7, 2018 @ 10:45am


Coriolanus - Acts IV, V

July 21, 2018 @ 10:45am


Cymbeline - Acts I, II , III

August 4, 2018 @ 10:45am


Cymbeline - Acts IV, V

August 18, 2018 @ 10:45am    


Hamlet - Acts I, II, III

September 8, 2018 @ 10:45am


Hamlet - Acts IV, V

September 22, 2018 @ 10:45am





Supported in part by Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach


William Shakespeare

Arts For Life Season