Summer of Shakespeare: Celebrate the Work of Shakespeare at Montclair Public Library!

It’s all about the Bard this summer at MPL! Join the Montclair Public Library for a series of Shakespeare-focused events for all ages throughout July and August. Offerings will include a theatrical performance, a concert, and several film screenings.

The influence of the playwright Shakespeare — who would have been 455 this year — has been evident in art and popular culture for centuries, so we’ll be celebrating not only Shakespeare’s works, but the work of those influenced by him. The events in this series will primarily focus on one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays, Romeo and Juliet.

“We hope the community will join us as we celebrate Shakespeare,” said Peter Coyl, Library Director. “His words have inspired, entertained, and amused generations of readers and theater goers alike for over four centuries.”

For a complete list of events and to register, visit

Performance: Verily, Madly, Thine!
(Adults, teens, families)
Performed by the Shrewd Mechanicals, of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.
Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m.
Verily, Madly, Thine will feature a wonderful array of moments from Shakespeare’s plays as well as a few selections from more contemporary authors who have been inspired by one of Shakespeare’s originals.

Outdoor Family Movie:
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
On the Library Plaza
Co-sponsored by Montclair Film
Friday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.

Ayers for an English Afternoon
(Adults, teens, families)
Elizabethan music performed by Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano, Jason Priset, lute, and John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
Saturday, August 3, 4 p.m.

Summer of Shakespeare is funded in part by a grant from the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs as part of their Essex County Local Arts Grant Program.Additional funding for this series is provided by the Montclair Public Library Foundation.

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