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Literary societies: Shakespeare Society

It’s probably safe to say that most students coming to Warwick have either studied or at least heard of Shakespeare and his work at some point during their school careers. At the Shakespeare Society (or ShakeSoc as it is more affectionately known), we aim to bring together people with an appreciation for the Bard and his work. We believe firmly in making Shakespeare accessible to everyone at university, and examining and illustrating how these texts are still relevant to today’s society. Using both practical and academic methods, including workshops led by experts in the field, trips to the Royal Shakespeare Company and, of course, our termly ShakeSoc show, we aim to explore Shakespeare’s texts in detail and open them up to a wider audience at university.

We pride ourselves on having a warm and welcoming ethos, with kind, approachable members who are ready to help you with whatever you may need

We appreciate Shakespeare’s work in all its forms, including being performed live on-stage. The termly ShakeSoc show is always a highlight, with many productions placing new and interesting spins upon the Bard’s texts. Last year, we put on productions of The Tamer Tamed by John Fletcher (a sequel to The Taming of The Shrew), Titus Andronicus, and Montague and Capulet, a reworked version of Romeo and Juliet, with other previous productions including Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Richard III. This term sees us bring Julius Caesar to the stage, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. We pride ourselves on offering many opportunities for first term directors and producers to get involved with aspects of theatre that they might not be familiar with, as well as offering plenty of opportunities for actors!

Here at ShakeSoc, we believe in welcoming anyone and everyone. Our exec team are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, and believe firmly that neither Shakespeare nor the society should be exclusive. We pride ourselves on having a warm and welcoming ethos, with kind, approachable members who are ready to help you with whatever you may need. Whether you have a well-established passion for the Bard already, are curious about learning more, or even have never heard of Shakespeare before, we would love to meet you. At the end of the day, we as a society want to spread the word about how great Shakespeare is, and we are so excited to meet like-minded people. As we say here, all the Shakey love, and we hope to meet you soon!

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