In 2014, the Free Library of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and numerous other cultural organizations from around the region, is offering up Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450—a year packed full of engaging, enlightening, and entertaining programs and events designed to celebrate Shakespeare in all his classic and modern incarnations. Throughout 2014, the Year of the Bard will offer Shakespeare buffs and newcomers alike a plethora of fun and festive ways to get in on the celebration. Every month throughout the year will feature numerous activities, including films, talks, an insult contest, digital and live exhibitions, pop-up and theatrical performances, and of course a big birthday bash on April 23. So check out our calendar of events and our Shakespeare blog, and get in on the fun!
Shakespeare For All Time
Begins Monday, January 27
Rare Book Department
3rd Floor, Parkway Central Library
In his dedication to the First Folio Ben Jonson writes of his fellow playwright, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” Shakespeare embodied the Elizabethan age in his plays yet reached back to classical themes and stories. He employed the English language like no other, and his comedies, histories, and tragedies continue to be read, performed, and celebrated today. This exhibition, in honor of the 450th birthday of The Bard, will feature Shakespeare's First Folio—one of the rarest books in existence—as well as the second, third, and fourth. It will also include editions of his plays, many beautifully illustrated, over the course of four centuries.