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Flexible Packages Still Available!
Our season continues with The Second Shepherds' Play, followed Shakespeare's romantic comedy As You Like It, and then the tragic satire Timon of Athens. With our new flexible packages, choose the date and time to our shows and enjoy all of the savings and benefits of being a Folger subscriber.
The Second Shepherds' Play: Through Dec.21
The Washington Post just called this rich blend of music and theater "the most original and most genuinely spirited show of the Christmas season." This engaging medieval mystery play features festive English music of the period performed by Folger Consort.
Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute on December 12
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith (Life on Mars) shares her favorite celestial-inspired verse from both Dickinson and her own collection on Monday, December 12 at 7:30pm. Have a slice of Dickinson's black cake following the reading.
As You Like It begins performances on Jan. 24
"All the world's a stage" in Shakespeare's seductive comedy filled with love, laughter, and mistaken identity. When Rosalind (Charlotte Parry) is banished from court, she flees to the Forest of Arden where she discovers Orlando and a world of passion and possibility. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch.
Medieval Illuminations: January 6 & 7
In the Gothic splendor of Washington National Cathedral, London’s famed Orlando Consort joins Folger Consort in a concert of English medieval music drawn from the extraordinary 15th-century Old Hall Manuscript. Hear sublime sacred vocal works in a perfect setting along with dances and country tunes.
Upcoming at the Folger
Dec 7Talks, Screenings, & More
Dec 10Talks, Screenings, & More
Dec 11Talks, Screenings, & More
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Shakespeare and Girlhood
How does Shakespeare portray girls and girlhood in his plays, and what do those portrayals tell us about life in Elizabethan and Jacobean England?
Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy 2017
Apply to spend a week at the Folger learning to teach Macbeth the Folger way: through attention to scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment using the Folger’s collection and working with scholars, theater professionals, and experienced teachers. The Academy will take place July 9-14, 2017.
The Folger collection includes some 60,000 handwritten documents dating from the 15th to the 21st century, offering unique windows onto life in Shakespeare’s time, later writers' fascination with Shakespeare, and the development of the English theater over the centuries.
2016–2017 Scholarly Programs
The Folger Institute gathers scholars to work together around specific topics relating to Shakespeare and his time. Program formats vary, with offerings lasting a weekend or a year and participants drawing from faculty or graduate students. Funding for participants is often available to support travel and lodging.