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Shakespeare’s Birthday


Apr 23, 2017

SOURCE: Folger Shakespeare Library

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 pm
Folger Shakespeare Library

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
Musical and theatrical performances
Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows
A special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I herself
Discussions from Folger curators and scholars
Readings from the winners of the 2017 Sonnet Contest
And…free birthday cake!
These food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle: DC Slices, BBQ Bus, Captain Cookie and the Milkman, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and The Big Cheese.

Note: This schedule is subject to change if it rains, with outdoor events moving indoors.

Front Lawn

12pm Eastern High School Marching Band

12:15pm Swordplay with Casey Kaleba

1pm Nicolo Whimsey

1:45pm Swordplay with Casey Kaleba

2:30pm Six Degree Singers

4pm Cake Cutting Celebration

Folger Theatre

12pm Shakespeare: Family Fun

12:50pm Shakespeare: Starring You

2pm Reduced Shakespeare Company

2:30pm Battle of the Bard

3:15pm Reduced Shakespeare Company

Great Hall

All Day 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford exhibition with tours, Junior Docent Program

Paster Reading Room

12pm Gravedigger’s Tale

1:15pm Six Degree Singers

2pm WETA Classical Players

3pm WETA Classical Players

New Reading Room

All Day Tours, Shakespeare’s Closet, Folger Collection Coloring, Do-It-Yourself Sonnets

Founders’ Room

12pm Sonnet Contest readings

1:15pm Madelyn Dundon presents Emily Jordan Folger

2pm Caroline Duroselle-Melish on Folger Exhibitions

3pm Renate Mesmer on Folger Conservation

3:45pm Madelyn Dundon presents Emily Jordan Folger

Elizabethan Garden

All Day Tours and DC Public Library Storytelling Hour

12pm Midsummer Puppet Show

1pm Battle of the Bard

2pm Midsummer Puppet Show

3pm Nicolo Whimsey

The Haskell Center

All Day Activities: Build-a-Shield, Illuminated Manuscripts, Shakespeare Portrait Gallery, Print a Quarto, Quill Writing


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