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Seattle Shakespeare (Etc!) Readthrough Group Message Board Archive › "Richard II" recap and announcing "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

"Richard II" recap and announcing "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

Andrew J.
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Woodford, GB

The standard of reading just keeps getting better and better - "Richard II" was really a joy just to listen to, and was followed up by a good discussion involving the divine right of kings and the historical parallels between Richard II and Elizabeth I.

Next time: After deducing a dark secret about King Antiochus, Pericles flees knowing his life is in danger, but his ship is wrecked and that's just the start of his adventure...

This is one of the few plays we haven't read at all in this group yet. It's thought to be about 50% the work of Shakespeare (the first half being the work of George Wilkins, who later wrote a novelization of it). The only surviving text is a corrupt quarto edition probably reconstructed from memory. But despite these shortcomings, it's still well worth reading. It was one of Shakespeare's most popular plays in his time, and as Stanley Wells says in the introduction to the reconstructed Oxford edition: "If the original play had survived, it might well have been as highly valued as The Winter's Tale or The Tempest; as it is, it contains some hauntingly beautiful episodes..."

For more details, see the full listing:­

When: Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:00 PM

Where: Inner Chapters Bookstore & Cafe
419 Fairview Ave N (between Republican & Harrison)
Seattle, WA 98109

It's not necessary to read the play beforehand, but it's easier to understand what's going on if you familiarize yourself with the plot first. Please bring copies of the text if you have them, but if you don't then don't worry about it - someone might bring multiple copies, there's probably copies in the shop and at a pinch there's always somebody who doesn't mind sharing.

The play will probably take about 2.5 hours to read. With distribution of parts and discussion, you should plan to park until at least 4:30pm. There is free parking for Shakespeare attendees at the Schultz Miller lot on the south end of the block if there are 3 or more free spaces there, otherwise there is plenty of metered street parking available for about $5.

After we finish the play, attendees will be able to vote on the next play that we read (for the March 3rd meeting). The choice will be Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet.
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