Event — New-York Historical Society

Lectures & Conversations: Lincoln’s Shakespeare

Where: The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:30 pm

The Mathew “Mike” Gladstein Lecture in Biography

Featuring: Fritz Weaver, Harold Holzer, Guest performers to be announced

Details: Throughout his adult life, Abraham Lincoln read and committed to memory the plays of William Shakespeare. As President, he saw all the great Shakespearian actors of the day on stage—James Hackett, Edwin Forrest, Edwin Booth, and even that great tragedian’s younger brother, future assassin John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln often rated their performances, transfixing visitors with recitations of the words as he believed they should be dramatized. Combining history and drama, renowned actors of today will perform the soliloquies Lincoln loved best and recited most often while narrator Harold Holzer sheds light on the 16th President’s long and sometimes fraught relationship with The Bard.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.

Cost: $44 (members $32)

Phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268, 9 am–5 pm daily.

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