All-day Shakespeare fest celebrates 30 years at Saint Anselm April 23

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On Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m., St. Anselm College will celebrate the 455th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, continuing a 30-year tradition started at the college in 1989, with a reading of all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. The event will again be held in the college quad, rain or shine, winding up around 4 p.m.

Prof. Gary Bouchard began the festival and still takes part today.

What began as a reading of the sonnets has expanded to include returning alumni and Shakespearen acting troupes like the Recycled Shakespeare Company (RSC) of Fairfield, Maine.

Emily Fournier of Maine’s Recycled Shakespeare Company (RSC) at a past celebration.

Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts and nursing programs as well as for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics