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King John - Free Shakespeare Reading

Presented by David Meadows
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Alex Theatre - The Lounge

Level 1, 135 Fitzroy Street

St Kilda, VIC 3182

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SHAKESPEARE – THE COMPLETE WORKS - A four-year project to read Shakespeare’s entire canon of plays for Melbourne audiences.

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Our first reading in 2020 will be King John Monday 24 February at 7:00 pm

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, 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 2020 readings will be... on Monday thee:

  • FEBRUARY 24 - King John
  • MARCH 30 - The Merchant of Venice
  • APRIL 27 - The Henriad – Richard II
  • MAY 25 - The Henriad – Henry IV, Part One
  • JUNE 29 - The Henriad – Henry IV, Part Two
  • JULY 27 - The Henriad – The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • AUGUST 31 - The Henriad – Henry V
  • SEPTEMBER 28 - Much Ado About Nothing (with cue scripts)
  • OCTOBER 26 - Julius Caesar
  • NOVEMBER 30 - As You Like It

Come and enjoy a free evening listening to the works of Shakespeare.  

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Level 1, 135 Fitzroy Street

St Kilda, VIC 3182

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