Posts By: Esther French



Quiz: How well do you know Shakespeare’s genres?

The Folger, along with many Shakespeare scholars, recognizes five categories of Shakespeare’s work: comedies, histories, tragedies, romances, and poems. Take the quiz to see if you can match the right works with the right genres!



Eclipses in Shakespeare’s plays

Here are three of the ways Shakespeare used eclipses in his plays and poems. Did you know? In 1598, England experienced a total solar eclipse.



Completing the Shakespeare canon

Colorado Shakespeare Festival has completed the canon for the second time since its inaugural season. See which other theaters have completed the canon.



Rosalind: Shakespeare’s Immortal Heroine – an excerpt

Read an excerpt from “Rosalind: Shakespeare’s Immortal Heroine” by Angela Thirlwell, in which she traces the performance history of “As You Like It” and interviews famous actresses who have played this role onstage.


Akala and hip-hop Shakespeare

“Is it hip-hop or is it Shakespeare?” Learn more about Akala and how he uses hip-hop to spread an understanding of the relevance of Shakespeare’s poetry.