Nottingham Shakespeare Society

Events and Programmes 2019 - 2022

Nottingham Shakespeare Society is back after the pandemic.

In March 2020 the Society, like many others, was forced to suspend its activities with no further meetings held until the Autumn of 2021. From a necessarily tentative start until all restrictions were lifted we are now once again fully operational with a modified format of day and evening meetings as indicated.

All meetings take place at
The Nottingham Mechanics,
3 North Sherwood Street

Scroll to the bottom of the page for a location map.

The recent programmes from Autumn 2021 when meetings were resumed until the end of the season in June 2022 are shown below, preceded by the programme for 2019-20.


September 10th

The President's Talk

"A Lass Unparallel'd" Shakespeare's strong women and the question of gender-neutral casting.

September 24th

"And They All Lived Happily Ever After."

A reading of scenes from "The Tamer Tamed", John Fletcher's riposte to "The Taming of the Shrew" and a look at some afterlives of other Shakespearean married couples. Julia Pirie

October 8th

"Venus and Adonis": The Shakespeare Smash Hit You Never Heard About.

Talk by Sarah Olive The University of York

October 22nd

Reading: "King Lear”

November 5th

"King Lear" The Last Tragedy.

Talk by Les Wilkinson

November 19th

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Reading by Nottingham High School Students

December 3rd

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Talk by William Ruff

December 17th

Members’ Evening


January 7th


Talk by Ben Burton Nottingham High School

January 21st

Reading: Coriolanus

February 4th

"Two Potential Marriages and What Might be a Funeral."

Much Ado About Nothing Talk by Anthony Rice

February 18th

Reading: Much Ado About Nothing.

March 3rd

Henry IV and the Edges of England.

Talk by Lisa Hopkins University of York

The following planned 2020 meetings had to be suspended:

March 17th

Reading: Henry IV part one

March 31st

Reading: Henry IV part two

April 14th

Poetry, Prose and Music

Arranged by Sandra Appleton and William Ruff

April 28th

Annual Birthday Buffet

May 12th

Annual General Meeting

Autumn: Meetings resumed.

19th October

Reading: Love's Labour's Lost

16th November

King Lear

A talk by William Ruff

30th November

Reading: Henry IV Part i

Spring 2022

8th February

Reading :Henry IV Part ii

22nd February


A talk by William Ruff with recorded excerpts from productions

8th March

Reading Henry V

22nd March

Anachronisms in Shakespeare

Talk by Paul Kirkham

5th April

Reading As You Like It

19th April

Talk Henry V

Dr Ben Burton Nottingham High School

3rd May

Reading King John

17th May

Talk: Shakespeare's Missing Mothers

Heather Coombes

7th June

Poetry, Prose and Music

21st June

AGM and readings (with Raffle)

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