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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.

Andrea Mays: The Millionaire and the Bard
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Andrea Mays: The Millionaire and the Bard

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Esther French

Henry Clay Folger paid a world record price for a book—not once, but twice—as he became the world’s leading collector of Shakespeare First Folios. In this episode from Shakespeare Unlimited, economist and author Andrea Mays talks with Neva Grant about…

Shock of the New, or a Ploy from the Past? Thoughts on OSF's Play "Translations"
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Featured is the set of OSF's 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
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Shock of the New, or a Ploy from the Past? Thoughts on OSF's Play "Translations"

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Richard Schoch

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Featured is the set of OSF’s 2013 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by T. Charles Erickson. Much ado about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has announced plans to ‘translate’ all of…

Shakespeare in the Caribbean
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Shakespeare in the Caribbean

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Esther French

Roxi Victorian as Hero (center) with the cast of Folger Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing, a 2009 production inspired by the D.C. Caribbean Carnival. Photo by Carol Pratt. As you’ll hear in this episode of the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, Shakespeare…

As You Like It in Esperanto: Washington, DC, 1910
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As You Like It in Esperanto: Washington, DC, 1910

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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, shares the story behind a 1910 Esperanto edition of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.   Heard any Esperanto lately? Designed by…

The first new Folger Folio (Fourth Folio, that is) in over 80 years
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The first new Folger Folio (Fourth Folio, that is) in over 80 years

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Caroline Duroselle-Melish

This copy of the Fourth Folio, published in 1685, is the first Shakespeare Folio to be added to the Folger Shakespeare Library collection since the days of our founders, Henry Folger (1857-1930) and Emily Folger (1858-1936). The collection now holds…

What makes a Shakespearean actor truly great?
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What makes a Shakespearean actor truly great?

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Esther French

A recent episode of the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast offers an interesting interview with British Shakespearean scholar and author Stanley Wells. At the heart of that conversation, one might say, is a simple question. For all the contributions of directors…

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