Shakespeare's Birthday

Celebrating Shakespeare's birthday

Sunday, April 24, 2016, noon to 4:00

Happy Birthday, Will!
Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities.
 
From Shakespeare performances to stage combat demonstrations to Elizabethan crafts, there's something for everyone—including birthday cake! 
 
Here’s a taste of what to expect:
  • See the Reduced Shakespeare Company in a special birthday performance
  • Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows
  • Five-minute versions of Shakespeare’s plays from the Nickel Shakespeare girls
  • Musical performances by WETA Classical Players
  • US Army Fife and Drum Corps
  • Batala, Afro Caribbean Drum Corps
  • The Mistress of the Revels
  • A special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I herself
  • Swordfighting demonstrations by Casey Kaleba, the fight choreographer for an array of Folger Theatre productions
  • Discussions from Folger curators and scholars
  • And...birthday cake!
Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle: BBQ Bus DC, Captain Cookie and the Milkman, DC Slices, and Far East Taco.
 
We’ll see you there!
 

Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture

Stephen Greenblatt: “Shakespeare’s Life Stories”
Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:00pm, $15

Join Dr. Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, for this Folger Institute Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture exploring "Shakespeare's Life Stories."

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Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday