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! This is also the one day of the year when the historic Reading Rooms are open to the public.
Here’s a taste of what to expect:
  • Tour the Folger reading rooms—not usually open to the public—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
  • Swordfighting demonstrations by Casey Kaleba, the fight choreographer for an array of Folger Theatre productions.
  • Performances from local students
  • And...birthday cake!
These food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle: More Iiformation to Come.
We’ll see you there!

Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture

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

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."


Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday