Thanks to everyone who showed up to read Twelfth Night on a bitterly cold Sunday, the 21st of December. It is strange that it is about 58 degrees outdoors as I write this e-mail a week later in winter, but that is Michigan for you!

The reading had a lot of downright laugh aloud moments which made for a nice counterpoint to last month’s bleak Macbeth.

We will be meeting to read Richard II on January 18th at 1:00 pm at the Plymouth District Library. This time we will be in the Storytime room on the lower level of the library. I decided to stage readings of the Henriad tetralogy in sequence for our History Play slots this year as this will probably be best for keeping the characters straight and there are many of them! We will also be voting to read one of the following tragedies, “Antony and Cleopatra“, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Othello” at the meeting.

Resources for learning more about Richard II include reading Peter Saccio’s book “Shakespeare‘s English Kings”. Dr. Saccio also has a series of lectures on Shakespeare on DVD available through the teaching Company.

Arkangel has a Richard II audio CD with Rupert Graves as King Richard and Julian Glover as Bollingbroke. Derek Jacobi plays Richard II on the BBC production with John Gielgud lamenting the state of England as John of Gaunt. Gielgud must have loved Richard II as a huge portion of his one man show “The Ages of Man” is devoted to Richard II. I believe a recording of this is available for download through Audible.

I am also thinking about making the section where we read the summary of the play aloud for readers who are not familiar with the play a little more exciting, so watch for an announcement about this.

Thanks and hope you are having a good break!