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    Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture

    Folger Director Michael Witmore delivers the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture on Mon, Apr 24. Listen to other talks from the Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series.

    Lecture Series

  • Liz Lauren

    Shakespeare 400 Chicago

    Tug of War: Civil Strife was just one part of Chicago's citywide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016. Listen to an interview with Barbara Gaines, founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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  • 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

    See manuscripts and early printed books, including this 1610 work by Galileo, from Corpus Christi College Library, on view through Apr 30.

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  • Shakespeare Plays Onstage in April

    This snapshot of Shakespeare in performance around America shows what’s onstage at our theater partners in April, as Folger Theatre prepares to begin Timon of Athens performances May 9.

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  • Shakespeare Illustrated

    Curator Margaretta S. Frederick of the Delaware Art Museum connects a new Delaware exhibition with whimsical Shakespeare illustrations by W. Heath Robinson in the Folger collection.

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Shakespeare and Earth Day

Randall Martin, author of a recent book about Shakespeare and ecology, draws connections between Shakespeare’s plays and the environmental challenges we face today.

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Seeing a Shakespeare Play in 1611

Astrologer Simon Forman recorded his impressions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth after seeing it at The Globe on April 20, 1611, during the last year of his life.

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Timon of Athens

Why this play? Why now? Go behind the scenes at the first rehearsal for Folger Theatre's Timon of Athens, onstage May 9.

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One of the most frequently produced Shakespearean dramas in America, Othello inspired a history reflective of societal struggles to assert citizens’ rights in the face of racism and legalized slavery.
  • Timon of Athens onstage May 9

    Materialism, money, and the bonds of friendship are explored in Shakespeare's tragic satire about a generous aristocrat who loses his riches—and his friends. Directed by Robert Richmond and featuring Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role.

  • The Play of Love, April 28 – 30

    This concert, closing a season of Dramatic Musicke, offers an assortment of passionate love songs, court and country dances, and selections from Adam de la Halle’s Play of Robin and Marion. With guest instrumentalist Shira Kammen, soprano Emily Noël, and baritone Peter Becker.

  • Shakespeare's Birthday, April 23

    Happy Birthday, Will! Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities.

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