Share Your Shakespeare: Highlights from our 2020 Shakespeare’s Birthday celebration

Shakespeare's Birthday

For Shakespeare’s birthday this year, the Folger Shakespeare Library partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company to throw a virtual birthday party for Shakespeare, inviting people all around the world to #ShareYourShakespeare. Fans responded by reciting Shakespeare lines, staging scenes, striking poses, and creating art. Below we’ve shared a few highlights from the day.

Don’t miss this Macbeth / Hamilton Lego mash-up:

 

Here’s a charming speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

 

South African actor John Kani delivers a speech from Julius Caesar in the Xhosa language:

 

We bet you weren’t expecting this: A monologue from Much Ado About Nothing—Sean Connery as Sherlock Holmes as Dogberry.

And it wasn’t just about the plays. The sonnets got plenty of attention too.

We heard a beautiful musical performance:

Multiple Shakespeare fans shared their love for the Folger editions:

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Staff members from the Folger Shakespeare Library also joined in on the fun. Here are some choice selections of Shakespeare insults, accompanied by illustrations from the Folger collection, created by the Collection Description and Imaging group.

We saw more than one tableau vivant inspired by the Shakespeare bas-reliefs on the front of the Folger building:

And we’ll leave you with this delightful scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by Folger Institute staff:

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