America's Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West

America's Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West

Courtesy Library Foundation of Los Angeles


Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 26 2017

Location Info:

L.A. Central Library
630 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA  90071
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the most performed playwright in history. Co-organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., “America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West” explores the “impact of the Bard on California culture and America as a whole,” from the Revolutionary and Civil wars to the film industry. The display’s centerpiece is the 1623 First Folio, the first collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays. Among other artifacts and items on display are Walt Whitman’s copy of Shakespeare, costumes from Franco Zeffirelli’s movie Hamlet and recordings by Paul Robeson and Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth. The exhibit also features an interactive portion that invites visitors to find Shakespeare connections throughout Southern California.
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