Twelfth Night Traditions: A Cake, a Bean, and a King

Have you heard of a cake with a bean baked into it and the man who finds the bean becomes King for the night?  That is just one tradition associated with Twelfth Night, but there are many more customs and traditions for this holiday.  Several items mentioning Twelfth Night are located at the National Museum of American History Library, like the 1923 Dennison’s Christmas Book by Dennison Mfg. Co.

New and Notable…Shakespeare’s Globe

From Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn… Shakespeare's Globe: an interactive pop-up theatre / Toby Forward;  Juan Wijngaard. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, c2005. King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet, and the Merchant of Venice are among the Shakespearean plays that come to life in this interactive pop-up portfolio of the Bard and the Globe Theatre in London. Shakespeare’s Globe, created by Toby Forward and Juan Wijngaard, features a dramatic pop-up model of the Globe Theater, a twelve-page history the theater, pamphlets containing scenes form notable plays by William Shakespeare, and ten punch-out strips of characters.  Each strip of characters can be placed on the stage as one reads the scenes from a play.—Stephen van Dyk, photos by Elizabeth Broman

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