Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!

Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K–12 and college programs for students and teachers. Advanced scholars participate in a variety of Folger Institute seminars and colloquia.

Join us in 2016 for The Wonder of Will, celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions, performances, and more!

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    Shakespeare’s Pericles is seen for the first time on the Folger stage.  Directed by Joseph Haj, who led Folger’s award-winning Hamlet  in 2009, the production which comes from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “strikes the heart most deeply.”  (New York Times)  


    OCTOBER 9-11
    Chanson Medieval
    The music of extraordinary French composers of the 14th and 15th centuries
    DECEMBER 18-23
    The Season Bids Us
    Italian composer Guido’s The Four Season with cantatas by Charpentier
    String ensemble led by Parisian violinist Julien Chauvin with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux

    OCTOBER 15
    Sir Keith Thomas
    OCTOBER 19
    Writing of the Eastern European Diaspora
    OCTOBER 26
    Anthony Thwaite and Jaimee Hills
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Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2016

Next summer at the Folger, 25 teachers from across the country will join a distinguished faculty of scholars, performers, and mentor teachers in an intense and rich exploration of three plays that have particular resonance in America past and present—Othello, Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest. Application materials will be posted in late Fall 2015.