April 2016: Shakespeare at 400

Contacts: 
Garland Scott
(202) 675–0342
 
Karen Saverino
(202) 464 6505
 

Expert Interviews, Multimedia and Tours Available to Media Covering the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

 
April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The same date, 52 years earlier, is also believed to be his birthday.
 
The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, offers a host of resources to support media coverage of this occasion. Members of the media are also invited to tour the Folger Shakespeare Library’s reading rooms and vault, home to 82 Shakespeare First Folios and other treasures—as well as the Folger’s Elizabethan theater.
 

Experts Available for Interviews: 

  • Michael Witmore, director of Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Georgianna Ziegler, Folger’s Louis B. Thalheimer associate librarian and curator of America’s Shakespeare exhibition
  • Other staff, scholars, artists and collaborators 

Digital Assets:

  • Images from the Folger’s Shakespeare collection
  • Photos from Folger Theatre productions of Shakespeare plays
  • B-roll from Shakespeare performances and more
 

Special Events:

 
Saturday, April 23, 2016: The Wonder of Will LIVE with artists, community leaders, actors, and scholars sharing their Shakespeare stories. Co-hosts include the National Endowment for the Arts, American Library Association, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Utah Shakespeare Festival and more. 
 
Sunday, April 24, 2016: Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Folger with performances, sword fighting and stage combat, Elizabethan crafts and birthday cake.
 
 

Exhibitions:

 
April 7 – July 24, 2016: America’s Shakespeare includes rare letters, costumes, books and media that show how Shakespeare’s work is part of our national story. 
 
Throughout 2016: First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare brings the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio (the first printed source for Shakespeare’s plays) to 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. April tour stops include Seattle, WA, Omaha, NE, Manchester, NH, Oxford, MS, Providence, RI, and Columbia, SC.
 
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Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person. We provide unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations. With the Folger, you can experience the power of performance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of groundbreaking research. We offer the opportunity to see and even work with early modern sources, driving discovery and transforming education for students of all ages. Join us in Washington, D.C., on the road, or online at www.folger.edu. 
 
Contacts: 
Garland Scott
(202) 675–0342
 
Karen Saverino
(202) 464 6505