A series of videos inspired by our Creating Shakespeare exhibition running September 23 - December 31, 2016.
In 1662, Falstaff became the first Shakespearean character to appear as an illustration. Since then, visual interpretations of Shakespeare's plays (and of the Bard himself) have proliferated in books, paintings, ads, and comics. You're now sure to find Falstaff and co. in almost every conceivable image-friendly medium.
Since at least the 19th century, Shakespeare and his characters have found themselves the unwitting spokespeople for an array of consumer products: from clothes and canned meat to Budweiser and the latest line of Ford convertibles.
In 1939, legendary Chicago dancer Ruth Page choreographed dances based on three Shakespearean characters: Lady Macbeth, Juliet Capulet, and Katherina Minola (from "The Taming of the Shrew"). Page had costumes designed, and she rehearsed extensively. But she never performed the dances for a public audience.