Romeo and Juliet Free Public Reading
Next reading will be Richard II Monday 25 November at 7pm
On the last Monday of every month, February through November for the next four years, every single one of the 40 plays attributed to William Shakespeare will be read in full at the Alex Theatres STK, in chronological order through his entire career, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. Ever-reliable warhorses such as Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will sit alongside rarely seen works like King John and Henry VIII, with his several collaborations with other writers, including Edward III and Sir Thomas More, will also be read.
The project has been conceived and will be coordinated, by actor and director David Meadows, a veteran of dozens of independent Shakespeare productions around Australia and internationally. David is a WAAPA graduate with several Hamlets, Iagos, and Petruccio’s to his name, as well as a Shylock, a Macbeth, and a Mercutio, and directing credits as far afield as Mexico. He is a former Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and is to date the only actor in the world to have mounted an online recital of the complete sonnets, which remains a free resource on YouTube.
“Like my sonnet project on YouTube, I want to provide everyone who is passionate about Shakespeare’s contribution to theatre, and literature, and humanity, frankly, with the opportunity to have experienced at least one performance of every single one of the 40 plays that bear his name, and since fully staged productions are often not financially feasible in this day and age, giving full readings of them all seems to me to be an elegant way to split the difference.” David Meadows, 2018
“I will tell you the beginning, and if it please your ladyships, you may see the end, for the best is yet to do” As You Like It, 2/5
The 2019 readings will boast some of Shakespeare’s earliest blockbusters successes.
- NOVEMBER 25 – Romeo and Juliet (using cue scripts)
- The first reading of 2020 will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream (using cue scripts)
Come and enjoy a free evening listening to the works of Shakespeare.