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.
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Dear @thersc, Is this what you wanted? Sincerely, Sean Connery as Sherlock Holmes as Dogberry Thank you to @shakespeareondraught for creating #BattleoftheBard. #Shakespeare and the friends I have made through him continue to bring me the most joy, especially in these weird days. #ShareYourShakespeare #RoyalShakespeareCommunity #monologuechallenge #oneminutemonologuechallenge #atlantaactors #muchadoaboutnothing #dogberry #iamanass Special thanks to @aidanfam for helping me film all my Battle of the Bard submissions and being my Borachio.
And it wasn’t just about the plays. The sonnets got plenty of attention too.
In honor of the worldwide celebration of the Bard’s birthday tomorrow, we’re sharing Sonnet 18 recited by BADA Faculty member Leo Wringer!#ShareYourShakespeare @theRSC @folgerlibrary pic.twitter.com/H6z07Dvgvj
— BADA (@BADAONLINE) April 22, 2020
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Sonnet 130 from @4realdarklady! Catch her in Folger Theatre's upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream!" There's still time to #ShareYourShakespeare with us. Post a speech, sonnet, song, painting, photo, or your own creation to social media with #ShareYourShakespeare. Don't forget to tag us at @folgerlibrary. . . . #shareyourshakespeare #OfficialBaeoftheBard #thedarklady #OfficialDarkLady #shakespeare #folgerlibrary #folgertheatre #ShareYourShakespeare #williamshakespeare #shakespearequotes #blackactors #actorslife #classicalactor #actor #Sonnet130 #actorlife #icantihaverehearsal #Sonnet #poetry #poem #poemoftheday
We heard a beautiful musical performance:
Multiple Shakespeare fans shared their love for the Folger editions:
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:
— Folger Shakespeare Library (@FolgerLibrary) April 23, 2020
And we’ll leave you with this delightful scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by Folger Institute staff: