While the Reading Room was closed to the public because they were filming this series of lectures, we did get to wander through the Shakespeare in America Exhibit. They had a lot of neat stuff there, like costumes from famous performances, bits of movie adaptations going, and lots of advertisements from different performances. The room itself was exquisite -- my kids were convinced all the panels in the walls were secret cupboards, hee.
This is a copy of Hamlet printed in the 1790s, the version that had recently been performed in Boston.
This is an advertisement for a production of Hamlet in Charleston, SC, in 1805.
This is an illustration of a series of parade floats from Mardi Gras in 1898, each one depicting a different scene from one of Shakespeare's plays.
And they had a display of ways Shakespeare has been referenced in advertising -- I had to take a picture of this one because I collect Coca-Cola stuff. I've definitely spent many a pleasant moment drinking a Coke and reading Shakespeare, though I don't generally have pink roses at hand.
The outside of the building has all these carved marble scenes depicting various plays. Of course, I took a picture of the Hamlet scene.
In fact, I took two :-)
I'm going to have to go back there some time when the Reading Room is open to the public, which it generally is on Saturdays.