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Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday



Happy 450th, Will!


2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Join us as we celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday—and the anniversary of our founding, too!—during the entire month of April.

From family festivals to performances to birthday cake, lectures, scholarly conferences, and more, there's something for everyone ... including cake!



Shakespeare's Birthday

AT THE FOLGER

 

ON EXHIBIT

Daily

 

FOLGER EXHIBITIONS                                            free                    

Shakespeare's the Thing
              

A crowd-sourced look at some of our favorite things from the Folger collection, the largest Shakespeare collection in the world.

Mon-Sat, 10am–5pm
Sun, Noon–5pm

 
 

LECTURES

April 3

SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY LECTURE                 free


Brian Cummings: Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography


Professor Brian Cummings, Anniversary Professor of English at the University of York, discusses the problem of writing the life of Shakespeare in terms of documentary history and its haunting sense of missing links. Cummings' lecture opens the Folger Institute's NEH-funded collaborative research conference, Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography. 

Thursday
7:30pm

 
 

SCHOLARLY CONFERENCES

April 3–5

FOLGER INSTITUTE

Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography
An NEH Collaborative Research Conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library

 

A rigorous investigation of the multiple—and conflicted—roles biography plays in the reception of Shakespeare today. A cadre of influential scholars, many of whom have written biographies of Shakespeare, focus on such topics as the distinctions between authorship and agency, the interpretations of documentary evidence, the impact of methods of dating texts on an understanding of Shakespeare's life, the broadened context for that life of a more robust understanding of theatrical activity, and the possibility that biography is itself a form of historical fiction.

 
 


FAMILY FUN

April 6

SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE               free

The Bard's Birthday Bash

Enjoy jugglers and jesters, music and theater performances, crafts and swordplay, birthday cake, and a tour of the Folger's reading rooms.

Sunday
Noon-4pm

 
 


ON STAGE

April 17–May 25

 

FOLGER THEATRE


Fiasco Theater's
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
by William Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare's dizzying romantic comedy, filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and the '"sourest-natured" dog Crab, featuring New York's inventive Fiasco Theater in their DC premiere.

 

Tuesday–Sunday
times vary

 

Tickets: $30–$72

 
 


FAMILY FUN


April 19

FAMILY PROGRAMS


Shakespeare in Action Workshop: Birthday Celebration

Come dance, sing, and play in celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday! Learn stage combat and celebrate with a performance on the Folger stage. Refreshments served. Advanced registration required.

Recommended ages: 7–14

Saturday

9:30am

Tickets: $35
(one adult and one child; $10 each additional child)

 
 


SPECIAL EVENT

April 23

Folger Gala

Our most important fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the outstanding cultural and educational programming the Folger offers to the greater Washington area and beyond.

Wednesday, 6:30pm
$600

 
 


ONLINE

 

Our birthday gifts to Will—and the world—in honor of his 450th!

Folger Digital Texts                           free

All 38 of Shakespeare's plays from the Folger Editions in free, mobile-friendly versions to read, search, download, and enjoy.


Learn more at:
www.folgerdigitaltexts.org

 
 


Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series            free

Shakespeare turns up in the most interesting places, including intersections between science and literature, social history and the stage. This "no limits" audio podcast tour—in honor of Shakespeare's 450th—shares the fascinating and varied connections between Shakespeare, his works, and the world around us.


Listen at:
www.folger.edu/podcasts

  Online

Our birthday gifts for Will ... and you!






Shakespeare's Plays on Folger Digital Texts





Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series



Special Events


Folger Gala


Folger Gala


Lectures


Brian Cummings


Birthday Lecture | Brian Cummings: Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography


On Exhibit


James Boaden. An Inquiry into...Various Pictures and Prints of Shakespeare. London, 1824. Cosway binding from 1928


On Exhibit: Shakespeare's the Thing


On Stage




Folger Theatre: Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Scholarly Conferences




Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography scholarly conference


Family Fun


Shakespeare's Birthday


The Bard's Birthday Bash




Shakespeare in Action Family Workshop



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