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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.

David Garrick and the cult of bardolatry
David Garrick in Romeo and Juliet
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David Garrick and the cult of bardolatry

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Esther French

David Garrick and George Anne Bellamy in Romeo and Juliet. Based on a painting by Benjamn Wilson engraved by Ravenet. Enamel, ca. 1765. Folger Shakespeare Library. The leading actor-manager of the 1700s, David Garrick revolutionized English theatre with a lively,…

Follow the First Folio! Tour updates from Florida, Vermont, Kansas, Illinois, New Mexico, and Arizona
Marlon Brando costume
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Follow the First Folio! Tour updates from Florida, Vermont, Kansas, Illinois, New Mexico, and Arizona

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Esther French

This Marlon Brando costume is on display with the First Folio exhibition at Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, IL. From a Hot Pepper Shakespeare contest to a Romeo and Juliet masquerade ball, the party doesn’t stop. These First Folio…

Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, and the president's assassination
Abraham Lincoln
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Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, and the president's assassination

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Esther French

Abraham Lincoln. Copyright 1894 by H.W. Fay. Folger Shakespeare Library. Growing up on the frontier, Abraham Lincoln had few books to read in his early days—but among them were the works of Shakespeare, which Lincoln cherished throughout his life. The…

These Shakespeare valentines are perfect for Valentine's Day
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These Shakespeare valentines are perfect for Valentine's Day

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Esther French

Whether you’re giving a valentine to a sweetheart or a friend, why not say it with Shakespeare? We have a new set of beautifully illustrated Shakespeare valentines for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day. You can view the complete…

The Wonder of Will, the Marvel of Miguel: 400 years of Shakespeare and Cervantes
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The Wonder of Will, the Marvel of Miguel: 400 years of Shakespeare and Cervantes

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Kathryn Swanton

This year we remember the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. But 1616 also saw the passing of another great writer: Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, who we know best as the author of Don Quijote. As Shakespeare…

'Shakespeare Documented' online resource launches
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'Shakespeare Documented' online resource launches

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Esther French

The diary of physician and vicar John Ward contains the only known account of Shakespeare’s death. On March 6, 1662/63 he writes, “Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting, and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespear died…

Follow the First Folio! Tour updates from Indiana, Oklahoma, and Oregon
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Follow the First Folio! Tour updates from Indiana, Oklahoma, and Oregon

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Esther French

Over the course of 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Each month we’ll be checking in on the progress of this traveling exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave…

Share your Shakespeare story
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Share your Shakespeare story

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Esther French

How did you first encounter Shakespeare? Was it in a classroom or a theater? How old were you? Was it love at first sight, or did it take you some time to warm up to the Bard? Did any particular lines or…

Hamlet wasn't always the prince with the common touch
David Tennant as Hamlet
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Hamlet wasn't always the prince with the common touch

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Richard Schoch

When we think about Shakespeare on the stage we usually imagine two different historical moments: ‘then’ and ‘now’. ‘Then’ is Shakespeare’s lifetime, when Richard Burbage, the original Hamlet, first spoke ‘To be or not to be’ from the stage of…

How to audition for Shakespeare: Actors demonstrate tips
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How to audition for Shakespeare: Actors demonstrate tips

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Esther French

Laura Wayth confesses that she’s never read any of Shakespeare’s plays. But she’s listened to the plays performed over and over, and it’s her keen ear that informs her advice to actors in this episode of Shakespeare Unlimited. Wayth is…

'Sweetly Writ': King Lear and the First Folio in Oregon
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'Sweetly Writ': King Lear and the First Folio in Oregon

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Esther French

Barry Kraft as Lear in King Lear, produced by Southern Oregon University, Oregon Center for the Arts. (Credit: Prechtel photo) What can we learn from Shakespeare’s revisions to his plays, and what does that mean for the actors and directors…

A beautiful Twelfth Night
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A beautiful Twelfth Night

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Sarah Hovde

Folger Finds delivers delightful and insightful moments with the Folger collection. Sarah Hovde, a cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library, reveals a 1932 edition of Twelfth Night with beautiful engravings by Eric Ravilious. Twelfth Night, the last of the twelve…

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