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Subject: The Kreeger Museum Revisits Shakespeare - January 19, 2012, 6:30-8 pm
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:38:48 -0500
From: Molly Huh <[log in to unmask]>


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You are cordially invited to help us uncover…
The Mystery of Shakespeare
Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8 pm

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Tickets: $10 / Members: Free. A light English pub style reception follows the program. For reservations, visit, call (202) 338-3552 or email [log in to unmask].


Since 1888, scholars have been wrestling with the Shakespeare authorship mystery. Hollywood has just this year weighed in with its version in the movie Anonymous. Kreeger Museum founder David Kreeger’s lifelong passion for Shakespeare turned him into a modern sleuth when he joined the search for the truth about the author of the greatest plays in the English language. He financed the September 1987 appellate court session which was heard by Supreme Court Justices Brennan, Blackmun and Stevens and attended by over a thousand people – trying to weigh the cases of the two strongest claimants, the Stratfordians vs. the Oxfordians. In writing a forward for the record of the “Authorship of Shakespeare on Trial,” Kreeger expressed the hope that “the passage of the centuries should not deter further research.” Just over 24 years have passed since then, and the museum that bears his name and exhibits his art collection will host, on January 19th, a revisiting of the case. 


This program – titled The Mystery of Shakespeare – is open to the public, and will take place, 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, in the Great Hall of The Kreeger Museum.

The format will be that of a dialogue between Peter and Syril Kline who, as scholars, have been pursuing the arguments in the authorship debate for many years and are now prepared to present information they have uncovered regarding mistakes that were made by earlier researchers. They are hoping that the audience/witnesses will engage in this lively dialogue – with them and each other. A complete set of the records from the September 25, 1987 moot court event and will also be on exhibit that evening. A light English pub style reception will follow in the Monet Gallery of the museum.


We hope you will be able to attend this event and share this information with your students and colleagues!


Caption: Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford and William Shaksper, to commemorate the Shakespeare Trial in Washington DC on Friday 25th September 1987. This signed print by artist Simon Simpson was a gift of gratitude to David Kreeger from Lord Vere of Hanworth.


About The Kreeger Museum
The Kreeger Museum is a private, non-profit museum located in the former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger. Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, it showcases the Kreegers’ permanent collection of 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture, as well as African art. The Kreeger Museum is located at 2401 Foxhall Road, NW in Washington, DC. The Museum is open Tues-Thurs by reservation only for the 10:30 am or 1:30 pm guided tour. Fri & Sat open hours are 10 am-4 pm, no reservations required. For further information, call 202-337-3050 x10 or visit




Molly Huh

Head of Marketing and Public Relations

The Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Road, NW

Washington, DC 20007

Tel: 202.337.3050 x15

Fax: 202.337.3051

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