Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 135. Friday, 5 March 1993.
Date: Friday, 5 Mar 93 09:35 GMT
Subject: 4.0122 Re: Parody; Folger Library and Theatre
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0122 Re: Parody; Folger Library and Theatre
Regarding relationship of the Folger Library and Shakespeare Theatre, it is not
correct that there never was an affiliation. Indeed there was some years ago,
but the financial stresses on the Shakespeare Theatre were sufficiently
threatening to the Library that the two activities were legally segregated.
Michael Kahn, the artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre rescued the
company and has made a success of it - so much so that they really needed a
larger house to generate larger income (more seats) during the same "season."
Both the Library and the Shakespeare Theatre have benefitted from the move since
the Folger gets back use of the Globe Theatre (which is now being renovated,
thanks to a major grant).
[Editor's note: I was at the preview years back, when John Neville-Andrews,
then artistic director, announced the end of the company. The efforts of
many Washingtonian, including some prominent ones, saved the group. Michael
Kahn became the new artistic director, and now The Shakespeare Theatre is one
of the finest classical theatre companies in the nation. --hmc]