Virtual Shakespeare & Friends Aloud

Virtual Shakespeare & Friends Aloud

Virtual Shakespeare Aloud

You are invited to join us for our next season of Shakespeare & Friends Aloud! In addition to reading the works of Shakespeare, we’ll also be covering his friends and contemporaries, like Christopher Marlowe, John Fletcher, Thomas Kyd, and others. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers or as audience members using the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Join us

To participate in the next reading, register below.


After registering, check your email inbox for a confirmation email with the Zoom invitation link, as well as information about choosing your character (optional). You’ll also receive a reminder email before the event. Then click the Zoom invitation link at 4:00 p.m. PT on the day of the reading to join fellow Shakespeare fans on Zoom.

For our previous participants, please note that you must register via the link above in order to receive the Zoom link.

All readings take place at 4:00 p.m. PT. Join 15 minutes early for a "how-to" on using Zoom. Character selection will not take place until 4:00 pm. Readings will last approximately 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome! All voice, all dialects. No experience or audition is required. Shakespeare and Friends Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Elizabethan and Jacobian drama, so bring your sense of humor!

Do I need to download Zoom?

If you do not have Zoom downloaded on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the link to join the meeting. You may also download Zoom for free here.

Do I need to have an account?
You do not need to have an account to join a meeting. You may create one if you like.

Where can I learn more about Zoom?
We recommend the Quick Start Guide for new users. There you will be able to join a test meeting and try out Zoom before our virtual reading event.

Where can I find Shakespeare-themed backgrounds for Zoom?
Right click on any of the images below and choose “Save Image As” to save it to your computer. Open your Zoom meeting-app, visit your Preferences, then choose Virtual Backgrounds. Click the “+” next to Choose Virtual Background to upload your images and set your background.


Upcoming Schedule

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene
Prince Edward, with the help of his friend Earl Lacy and the necromancer Friar Bacon, attempts to seduce Margaret, the Fair Maid of Fressingfield. But when Lacy falls in love with Margaret and Friar Bacon's magical exploits go awry, hilarity ensues. Recognized as groundbreaking, in terms of multiple plot structure, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay is Robert Greene's most significant work. 

  • June 3 - Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene
  • June 10 - Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene, start at Scene VIII

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Katherina, a strong-willed woman, offends the delicate sensibilities of any prospective husband, while her demure younger sister, Bianca, attracts the attention of many male suitors. However, their father has proclaimed that Bianca cannot be wed until Katherina is first married. A group of men devise a way to "tame" Katherina and compete for her sister's hand in marriage.

  • June 17 - The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • June 24 - The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, start at Act III, Scene II

Shakespeare Aloud is provided in collaboration with the Long Beach Public Library 
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Globe Theatre
Anne Hathaway Cottage, interior
Anne Hathaway cottage, exterior
Flowers of Winter
Stratford upon Avon
Romeo and Juliet balcony in Verona, Italy
Shakespeare's birthplace
Shakespeare's birthplace, exterior
The Great Garden
Old Globe Theatre in San Diego
Tudor house and garden