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Shakespeare Society

Logo of the Shakespeare societyThe Open University Shakespeare Society (OUSS) was founded in 1989 by a group of AA306 students, and today comprises some 170 members, both former and current OU students, who share a love of Shakespeare’s works. 

As well as publishing a quarterly journal written by its members with reviews and academic essays, we hold an annual Open Study Day in Stratford-upon-Avon with leading speakers, based on the current OU English courses.

Our patrons are Dame Judi Dench and Viv Thomas, former OU English Professor.

We welcome new members from any OU course – please see our website at or our Facebook page (search ‘OUSS’).

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