Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!
As You Like It "will sweep you off your feet"
"All the world's a stage" in Shakespeare's seductive comedy filled with love, laughter, and mistaken identity. The Washington Post calls the show "touching and funny."
Folger Consort celebrates the age of revelations with music of the spheres, featuring renowned soprano Julianne Baird.
Upcoming at the Folger
Feb 24Talks, Screenings & More
Mar 3Talks, Screenings & More
Mar 6PEN/Faulkner Fiction
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.