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Highlights from the 2018 Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

The Folger Shakespeare Library celebrated William Shakespeare’s 454th birthday at its annual birthday open house, held this year on April 22.

Here’s what your sample itinerary for the day might have looked like:

Photo by Chester Simpson


Watch Casey Kaleba’s stage-fighting demonstrations on the Folger front lawn.

Photo by Chester Simpson


Learn how to do English country dancing after watching a demonstration by costumed dancers.

Photo by Chester Simpson


Listen to a performance by WETA Classical Players in the historic Paster Reading Room.

Photo by Chester Simpson


Take a tour of the Beyond Words exhibition.

Photo by Lloyd Wolf


Stand up on the Folger stage to be one of the readers in a play written by the creators of the Kill Shakespeare comics.

Photo by Chester Simpson


Watch some juggling by Nicolo Whimsey in the Elizabethan Garden.

Photo by Chester Simpson


Cheer on the Eastern High School marching band, listen to a speech by Queen Elizabeth, and eat Shakespeare’s birthday cake.

There was plenty for children to see and do at this family-friendly event, including storytelling from DC Public Libraries and a Shakespeare puppet show in the Elizabethan Garden, dress-up costumes and coloring activities in the New Reading Room, and crafts inside the Haskell Center across the street.

Join us for next year’s birthday open house in April.