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


Sign up to participate in all of the Shakespeare Aloud readings for the season >


As You Like It

Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:45AM


The Life of Henry the Fifth

Oct 24, 2015 @ 10:45AM


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark PART I

Nov 21, 2015 @ 10:45AM


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, PART II

Jan 30, 2016 @ 10:45AM


Troilus and Cressida

Feb 27, 2016 @ 10:45AM


All's Well That Ends Well

Mar 26, 2016 @ 10:45AM


Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:45AM


The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

May 21, 2016 @ 10:45AM


Measure for Measure

Jun 25, 2016 @ 10:45AM


The Life of Timon of Athens

Jul 23, 2016 @ 10:45AM


Shakespeare Aloud

  Arts For Life Season