‘Blades of Shakespeare’ exhibition focuses on the Bard and brawls

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Fans of the Bard and brawls can learn about stage combat through the lens of William Shakespeare’s plays next weekend.

(Williamsburg Regional Library)
(Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)

The “Blades of Shakespeare” exhibition will teach an audience about Elizabethan sword play, emphasizing Greco-Roman sword and shield, Medieval longsword and Italian Renaissance rapier, according to a Williamsburg Regional Library news release.

Combat instructors Craig Lawrence and Sara Hodges will also teach audiences about historic fighting styles, the role of violence in Shakespeare’s work and the historical context of his plays, the release states.

The show will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Williamsburg Library Theatre. Teens can get involved in the experience through a 3 p.m. stage combat class for kids 13 and older. Pre-registration is required for the class.

For more information on the class, call 757-259-4050 or email teens@wrl.org.

To learn more about “Blades of Shakespeare,” visit http://www.wrl.org/