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Jan 15, 2020 2020-01-15

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Invitation to Read All of Shakespeare’s Works Throughout the Year

Anyone who loves Shakespeare’s plays and poems can join the Shakespeare 2020 Project and read all of the Bard’s works or revisit an old favorite throughout the year. The project’s website will have videos, posts, artwork, and more to explore with each work. The schedule of plays mixes comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems roughly in presumed chronological order of composition within each genre. In other words, the tragedies will be presented in roughly the order Shakespeare wrote them, as will the comedies, histories, and so on. There are two exceptions: Twelfth Night appears first to coincide with the feast of twelfth night (January 5), and The Merry Wives of Windsor was moved back in order so it could appear amid the Henry IV plays. The schedule features the other plays at opportune moments throughout 2020. For example: Julius Caesar will be read from March 14 through 19, to coincide with the Ides of March. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is scheduled during midsummer. Henry V is on the schedule from October 24 to 31, to coincide with St. Crispin’s Day (October 25). And The Winter’s Tale is scheduled in December, as winter begins. The schedule offers at least one day’s break between works and avoids many US holidays. The Folger Shakespeare Library Editions of the plays, are available for free online.

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