Charlotte Cushman, an American star

As we celebrate Shakespeare in 2016, it’s also time to mark some other dates on the calendar. This Saturday, July 23, 2016, is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Cushman’s birth. Cushman was among the finest and best-known American actresses of the 19th century and the first to achieve international fame. Cushman was well-known for playing male characters such… Continue Reading »


Watch videos of “my Shakespeare story” and tell us yours

For our yearlong celebration of Shakespeare in 2016, we’ve been inviting the world to share videos about personal connections and experiences with Shakespeare, with the hashtag #MySHX400. The results are varied, unexpected, and interesting. Enjoy some of those Shakespeare stories here and tell us your own, too. Washington photographer Lloyd Wolf recalls that one of his first encounters with… Continue Reading »


Staging Shakespeare in a day

On Monday, July 18, the Taffety Punk Theatre Company will take over Folger Theatre to plan and perform a “bootleg” version of Henry VI, Part 1—in a single day. Actors and the rest of the team will come together in the morning, work through the choices in each scene, and then perform the entire play the same evening…. Continue Reading »


How is Shakespeare relevant? Share why he matters to you

We were inspired by the “wall of cards” about Shakespeare created by San Diego visitors to the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare tour, and we’d like to know why Shakespeare matters to you, too. Try our new Shakespeare Matters card to join the conversation, using the hashtag #MySHX400. (For more details on using the card, see the end of… Continue Reading »


Illustrating Shakespeare: Three witches on the heath

Folger Finds delivers delightful and insightful moments with the Folger collection. Sarah Hovde, a cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library, shows us some surprise artwork in a 1910 edition of Macbeth. When cataloging a rare book, librarians try to balance describing the things that are identical to every copy of that book (like the publisher, the number of… Continue Reading »


Folger curator shares new Shakespeare discoveries

Folger Curator of Manuscripts Heather Wolfe dropped a bombshell in The New York Times this past week: Newly discovered depictions of Shakespeare’s coat of arms from the seventeenth century provide documentary evidence that while the heralds made the grant of arms to his father, William Shakespeare himself was intimately involved in the application and the ensuing controversy over… Continue Reading »


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