Shakespeare’s New Playhouse


The National Building Museum is partnering with Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with the University of South Carolina, to design the 2020 Summer Block Party exhibition for the Museum’s Great Hall. Shakespeare’s Playhouse. This will be the seventh in the Museum’s annual summer series and the stage for Folger Theatre performances from July 4 through Sept. 7. Shakespeare’s Playhouse is an exciting Elizabethan-inspired outdoor stage, developed at the University of South Carolina, which comfortably fits into the immense—and air conditioned —atrium of the National Building Museum. By day it provides unique experiences related to Shakespeare’s world—from stage combat to ruff-making. At night the Playhouse transforms into a stage for Shakespeare’s most famous, fairy-filled comedy: Folger Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.