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Shakespeare Studies Winter 2020

Hamlet for ever. A colleague in Edmonton said he was doing Hamlet with his English 30s that year. What novel, I asked. None, he said, just Hamlet. A colleague in Calgary insists that Hamlet says everything you need to hear about life. I have always been more modest in my claims for the magnificence of this play . . . well, a little.

The book is huge. It could easily swallow up an entire semester of English class. No theatre company, ever, presented the play as it is printed in today’s texts. Well, BBC did in a tv version, but no viewer, ever, stayed awake through it.

And so, when we concluded our reading of Julius Caesar, we decided to read Hamlet. I warned everyone about the length thing, but they insisted. So, starting on January 6 @10:00am (St. Matthew’s United Church, 2320 26a St SW) continuing on Monday mornings through to February 3, and probably more, we will muddle our way through Shakespeare’s masterpiece. And maybe through the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch performance.

All are welcome. There is lots of space.

When:Monday Mornings
Time:10 - 11:30 AM
Date:January 6, 13, 20, 20, 27; February 3, 2020
Where:Narthex, St. Matthew's United Church, 2035, 26A St. S.W.
Facilitator:Wayne Valleau

Wayne Valleau will lead the discussions. He is a Shakespeare enthusiast who delights to share his passion.

Pre-reading is helpful but not essential.

New members welcome. Drop-ins also welcome.

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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