Madame Tussauds London has transported their intricately fashioned wax sculpture of William Shakespeare to the lobby of the Sidney Harman Hall, where he appears, outside the main floor gift shop, in fine “puff and slash” apparel.
This marks the wax bard’s first public appearance in the United States and was arranged in honor of Shakespeare Theatre’s 25th Anniversary. It arrived in time for the opening of Much Ado About Nothing.
STC informs us that the first William Shakespeare figure was sculpted by Madame Tussauds herself in 1819. It was re-sculpted for Madame Tussauds London in 1951 and again in 1993.
Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F Street NW (across from the Verizon Center) in Washington, DC. Visitors and patrons are invited to take photos of themselves with the wax figure during business hours; 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as before performances and during intermission. The gift shop will have extended holiday hours December 1-23: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The sculpture will remain on display through May 31, 2012.