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Our 25th anniversary season features amazing productions of Sense and Sensibility, As You Like It, and Timon of Athens. Join us as we continue to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare during this very special year.
Sept 13 - Oct 30
Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances.
Join us for Dramatic Musicke!
Subscribe today for a stunning season about the connections between art, music, and theatre, featuring performances from Derek Jacobi, The Orlando Consort, and much more.
Upcoming at the Folger
Aug 6-Nov 6Folger Exhibitions
Aug 6Family Programs
Sept 13-Oct 30Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Creating the First Folio
We likely wouldn’t have half of Shakespeare’s plays without the First Folio of 1623. In this podcast episode, we hear how the First Folio was conceived, how Shakespeare’s plays were gathered, how the rights for them were obtained, how the book was laid out, and how it was assembled and printed.
CrossTalk: DC Reflects on Identity and Difference
Join us for CrossTalk DC, a community engagement initiative that will bring together people of all ages, races, religions, professions, and lives to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history.
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.