Shakespeare's Birthday (disambiguation)
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford upon Avon. His exact birthdate is unknown, but it was likely within a few days of his baptism on April 26. Every year, the Folger celebrates Shakespeare's Birthday with a full day of festivities.
Past Birthday celebrations have included:
- Performances by actors, storytellers, jugglers, and musicians
- Instruction in stage combat
- Quill pen writing
- Poetry readings and competitions
- Scholarly conferences
This yearly contest asks Washington, D.C. area students to submit sonnets of their own composing in honor of William Shakespeare's birthday. Below are the articles for the contest and previous entries.
Every year, in commemoration of William Shakespeare's birthday, the Folger Shakespeare Library invites a scholar to speak about Shakespeare and early modern life. The following articles describe the past lectures.