Shakespeare's Birthday

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:00 pm
Folger Shakespeare Library

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Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Will!

Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities.

From Shakespeare performances to stage combat demonstrations to Elizabethan crafts, there's something for everyone—including birthday cake!

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

  • Sword fighting demonstrations with Tooth and Claw Combat Arts
  • Music from the US Army Baroque Ensemble and the WETA Players
  • Interactive demonstrations from Kill Shakespeare comics creator Anthony Del Col
  • Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows
  • A special appearances by Emily Jordan Folger and Queen Elizabeth I 
  • Discussions from Folger curators and scholars
  • Readings from the winners of the 2018 Sonnet Contest
  • birthday cake!

Food trucks—Captain Cookie and the Milkman, DC Slices, People's Bao, DC Empanadas, and The BBQ Bus—will be stationed in Puck’s Circle.

Learn more about the 2018 Sonnet Contest.

Birthday Quill Writing

Photo by Tracy Russo

Learning how to write with Quills.

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Photo by Lloyd Wolf

The Nickel Shakespeare Girls perform five minute versions of the Bard's plays at the 2016 Shakespeare's Birthday celebration.

The Queen at the 2016 Birthday

The Queen meets with her subjects.


Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Shakespeares Birthday 2016 Titan Theatre Co

Photo by Lloyd Wolf

Titan Theatre Company's Shakespeare Battles!