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Shakespeare & Beyond

Shakespeare & Beyond

The Shakespeare & Beyond blog features a wide range of Shakespeare-related topics: the early modern period in which he lived, the ways his plays have been interpreted and staged over the past four centuries, the enduring power of his characters and language, and more.

Order It: "Sermons in stones" from As You Like It
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Order It: "Sermons in stones" from As You Like It

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Shakespeare’s phrase “sermons in stones” is from a speech in As You Like It. Take this quiz to see if you can correctly order the lines.

14 Shakespeare Quotes About New Beginnings
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14 Shakespeare Quotes About New Beginnings

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Ben Lauer

As the Folger prepares to reopen, we turn to Shakespeare’s plays for quotations about new beginnings and fresh starts.

New Ideas for Summer Reading
Hand-colored illustration of a hand and flower in midair above a landscape, based on page 116 of Minerua Britanna by Henry Peacham, 1612. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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New Ideas for Summer Reading

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Explore great Shakespeare-related ideas for summer reading from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s online book club, blogs, and podcast.

A Touch of Shakespeare in New Folger Spaces
Aluminum figure of Puck on a fountain at the Folger Shakespeare Library
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A Touch of Shakespeare in New Folger Spaces

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Explore the new landscape and public spaces of the Folger Shakespeare Library to find touches of Shakespeare and the early modern age in which he lived.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in June
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in June

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Ben Lauer

Across the US, June features plenty of Shakespeare, plus classic stories adapted by Mary Zimmerman, Ken Ludwig, Whitney White, Heidi Armbruster, and Luis Quintero. What are you seeing onstage this month?

Shakespeare & Star Trek Today
Sonequa Martin-Green as Captain Michael Burnham in season 5 of Star Trek: Discovery
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Shakespeare & Star Trek Today

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Esther Ferington

Shakespeare’s works are woven throughout Star Trek, but how do the current shows keep up the link? Explore that connection following the Discovery series finale.

Earle Hyman: An actor makes history
Earle Hyman as Othello
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Earle Hyman: An actor makes history

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Explore photos, stories, and a video to learn more about actor Earle Hyman, whose bust is in the Folger’s Shakespeare Exhibition Hall.

A memorable Macbeth: Setting the Scottish play in 19th-century Haiti
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A memorable Macbeth: Setting the Scottish play in 19th-century Haiti

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Read about the 1936 “voodoo Macbeth” in this excerpt from The Playbook: A Story of Theater, Democracy, and the Making of a Culture War by James Shapiro.

“Without much shame retold”: Shakespeare’s sources transformed
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“Without much shame retold”: Shakespeare’s sources transformed

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor on how Shakespeare drew from the classics, history texts, folk tales, contemporary politics, and more.

How do Shakespeare’s characters react when they lose family or love?
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How do Shakespeare’s characters react when they lose family or love?

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Stephen Greenblatt explores this question in this excerpt from Second Chances: Shakespeare and Freud, a book co-authored with Adam Phillips.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in May
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in May

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Ben Lauer

Find out what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters across the country this month.

Worthy scaffold: The epic intimacy of William Shakespeare
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Worthy scaffold: The epic intimacy of William Shakespeare

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor writes about movies that feel like plays and theater that feels cinematic.

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