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The Bard Is Born

Tercentenary celebration of the birth of Shakespeare, by the New-England Historic-Genealogical Society at Boston, Mass., April 23, 1864.

Tercentenary celebration of the birth of Shakespeare, by the New-England Historic-Genealogical Society at Boston, Mass., April 23, 1864.

To mark The Bard’s birthday—April 23—and celebrate his work, the Newberry partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to host a small but spectacular exhibition featuring more than 40 items from the three institutions. It focused in part on Henry V, the first play performed—on the roof of the Red Lion Pub—by Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Featured here are highlights from the exhibition, including a First Folio; a musical score, composed circa 1500, titled “Victory of Agincourt;” a stunning, oversized, nineteenth-century engraving titled “The Infant Shakespeare Attended by Nature and the Passions;” and Chicago Shakespeare Theater Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines’s annotated copy of Henry V from that first, rooftop performance.

Publication date 

2014