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, you'll receive a reminder email on the day of the reading with your Zoom invitation link, as well as information about choosing your character (optional). 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

Bussy D’Ambois by George Chapman
Based on the life of the real Louis de Bussy d’Amboise. Bussy D’Ambois, impoverished aristocrat, and accomplished swordsman, is hired to enter the services of Monsieur, brother of the reigning King Henry III, who wishes to assemble his own troupe of loyal henchmen to further his own political means. Bussy D’Ambois proves himself no noble’s simple tool in this harrowing play involving gruesome duels, torrid love affairs, and haunting spirits. Full text.

  • 1/6 Bussy D'Ambois by George Chapman

King Lear by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s King Lear tells the story of an aging King who plans to divide his Kingdom amongst his three daughters. After a misunderstanding with his youngest, and most favored daughter, leads to her banishment, Lear erroneously rewards his two eldest with his Kingdom, only to be betrayed by them in turn. Join us on Thursday as we help bring this timeless and deeply tragic tale of twisted hypocritical deceptions, developing enmity, and profound cruelty, to life! Full text.

  • 1/13 - King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • 1/20 - NO READING
  • 1/27 - King Lear by William Shakespeare

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
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Tudor house and garden