A history of Theatre Royal Haymarket and its struggle to break through London’s restrictions on Shakespeare

During a time when performing Shakespeare in London was a legal right belonging only to certain theaters, the Haymarket theater’s rise to greatness is directly linked to its struggle to break through these restrictions.  To celebrate its 300th birthday this year, we wanted to share some highlights from its history, its fight to produce Shakespeare,… Continue Reading »


Quiz: Match Shakespeare characters with costume designs

We’ve selected some costume designs from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, and your challenge is to determine which Shakespeare characters they depict. Pay attention to small details that will give you clues!




Hares, conies, and rabbits: The hunted and the melancholy

When, in Henry IV, Part II, Bardolph calls his page a “whoreson upright rabbit,” he’s not exactly thinking of the animal we now know as rabbits. (2.2.84) In Shakespeare’s day, “rabbit” referred specifically to the young of conies (the European rabbit); it was a word like puppy or kitten. Adult rabbits were always called conies,… Continue Reading »


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

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.