Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!

Join us in 2016 for The Wonder of Will, celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions (including First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare), performances, and more!
Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the Folger is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection—the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. We provide access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations.

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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.