Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shakespeare Our Contemporary

"... "Shakespeare in Washington" begins January fifth [2007] and will continue through June 2007. Dozens of organizations will participate, including Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, Russia's Kirov Opera [Mariinsky Opera] and Washington's National Symphony Orchestra.

The festival will begin with a [free] reading of "Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on the Kennedy Center [for the Performing Arts's] Millennium Stage ...

The Shakespeare festival is part of an effort by the president of the Kennedy Center to make Washington a headquarters for performing arts as well as for museums."

Associated Press March 2, 2006 via newswire


Besides the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. is also home to the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, on Capitol Hill behind the U.S. Supreme Court building, and the world-renowned Shakespeare Theater Company, which is currently building a second theater to support audience demand and its educational and classical training programs. According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington's Shakespeare Theater Company is one of the three finest classical Shakespeare companies in the world -- and the only one of the three in the United States.

The theater work of the Shakespeare Theater Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library's Elizabethan Theater is complemented by a third and smaller Washington classical Shakespeare company, Washington Shakespeare Company. And, finally, of course, there is the Library of Congress, a foremost humanistic institute in the world; which, tomorrow March 3, will feature a free evening performance of classical choral music based upon poetry by William Shakespeare. See details at link below.

London's replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, on the restored South Bank of the Thames River.

Photo credit: Shakespeare'sGlobe.jpg With thanks.


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