See Historic Characters Come to Life For Free at Shakespeare Marathon
See 38 Shakespeare plays in 5 days
The Shakespeare Marathon is set to offer an around-the-clock reading of all 38 plays by William Shakespeare.
Image courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History
Where can you meet Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Henry VIII and Macbeth up close and for free in our neck of the woods? These infamous, tragic folks and many others come to life at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh this month as part of “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days.”
In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the North Carolina Museum of History, Burning Coal Theatre Company and 37 other North Carolina theatrical groups have teamed up to present a round-the-clock reading of all 38 plays by the Bard. The marathon is set to kick off at noon, Saturday, April 23, and run through 6 a.m., Thursday, April 28, at the North Carolina Museum of History’s Daniels Auditorium. Admission is free.
The 38 theatrical groups — professional, college and amateur — will perform stage readings of all of Shakespeare’s plays with minimal costumes and props. The groups range from PlayMakers in Chapel Hill to Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock and Chickspeare™ in Charlotte.
For a list of groups involved, play titles and performances times, visit ncmuseumofhistory.org/exhibits-shakespeare. At the evening performances, enter to win prizes.
“First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare”
If the marathon peaks your interest in Shakespeare, you’ll want head back to the North Carolina Museum of History for “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” — a free exhibit on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 7 that runs through Monday, May 30.
The 1623 First Folio, considered one of the most influential books in the world, includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. “First Folio” brought “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “As You Like It” and more of Shakespeare’s plays to the public. To find out more about the exhibit, visit wonderofwill.folger.edu.