National Building Museum to Host Shakespearean Stage this Summer

This summer visitors to D.C’s National Building Museum will be transported back to Elizabethan England. The museum announced that its summer exhibit will transform its Great Hall into a Shakespearian theater.

The exhibit Shakespeare’s Playhouse will feature a stage inspired by the open-air theaters where the bard’s work would have originally been staged. In the evening, Shakespeare’s Playhouse will host the Folger Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the day, the museum will offer workshops on topics like stage fighting and costume-making and allow visitors to explore the theater.

The University of South Carolina has partnered with the National Building Museum to design and build the stage. A University of South Carolina professor, Robert Richmond, will also direct the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The National Building Museum closed in December for renovations to the building’s floor and will reopen in March.