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Shakespeare As You Like Him



Classic Plays, New Endings


As we celebrate the end of the Folger's 75th Anniversary, young and old alike have been invited to share their thoughts on Shakespeare. We'll be presenting the results during the closing ceremonies at Shakespeare's Birthday on Sunday, April 27.

In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of how you'd end some of the Bard's plays.

Romeo and Juliet

Juliet did not drink quite all her sleeping potion. Thinking it's poison, Romeo drinks it. Juliet's family visits the crypt and finds them both "dead" and sends for Romeo's family. The two families convene in the crypt, tearfully set aside their differences, and while they are having a big two-family group hug, Romeo and Juliet wake up -- and everyone lives happily ever after.

The Taming of the Shrew

Kate comes to her senses, gives Petruccio what-for, and leaves him high and dry.

The Merchant of Venice

Portia disses the fortune hunting Bassanio and pursues a lucrative career as the first female lawyer in Venice.
 
"Romeo" from Park's Shakspearean Twelfth-Night Characters. Hand-colored print, ca. 1830



"Juliet" from Park's Shakspearean Twelfth-Night Characters. Hand-colored print, ca. 1830



"Petruchio" from Park's Shakspearean Twelfth-Night Characters. Hand-colored print, ca. 1830



"Jessica" from Park's Shakspearean Twelfth-Night Characters. Hand-colored print, ca. 1830



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