Churchill’s Shakespeare

12/06/2018 all-day
Folger Theatre
201 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4600
Oct 6, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm
Winston Churchill was a towering leader during World War II, who gave hope to wartime Britain in its most difficult years. His event-filled life stretched from the mid-Victorian era to the 1960s. Many of his speeches are still quoted today. And, as Churchill’s Shakespeare reveals, he was a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare, whose works shaped his writing and ideas.
Above all, however, Churchill’s Shakespeare explores the years of World War II, in which Churchill served as Britain’s indomitable prime minister, rallying the nation and its allies to “never surrender.” Some materials show the passages from Shakespeare’s plays that influenced his most famous speeches. They also include the original manuscripts from which Churchill spoke—often prepared in a blank-verse format, like Shakespeare’s plays.