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."


Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday