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    The RSC's Digital Tempest

    Digital effects add new magic to this Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Tempest, directed by Gregory Doran. Hear an interview with him on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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  • Elizabethan Garden

    The Folger’s Elizabethan garden offers a beautiful respite on Capitol Hill. Learn about the plants and statues inspired by Shakespeare’s plays on free docent-led tours Saturday mornings.

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    Painting Shakespeare

    Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. On view now.

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  • A Cork Hamlet

    Learn more about this unusual edition of Hamlet from the Folger collection.

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    Shakespeare for Kids

    Check out our fun and informative resources for kids and for Shakespeare beginners.

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Movie Magic

Hear how movie directors have reimagined Shakespeare over the years, and see free outdoor screenings of Romeo + Juliet, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Much Ado About Nothing at Bard in the Park.

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Shakespeare in Love

Folger theater partners are performing Shakespeare in Love, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie, in Chicago, Oregon, Utah, and New Jersey this year.

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Shakespeare Recites Shakespeare

Umberto Romano (1905-1982) reinterpreted the iconic Chandos portrait through the lens of modern art. On view in the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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The period in which Shakespeare lived and worked was a period in which some of the foundations of what we now call the modern world were set. He had a front row seat to colonial expansion, the beginning of the modern corporation, scientific communication, international commerce, double-entry bookkeeping, trade, religious conflict, and the media revolution that was the printed book.
  • Subscribe to our 2017/18 theater season

    Join us for a season of power, passion, and politics—and receive all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber. Our 2017/18 season includes Antony and Cleopatra, Theresa Rebeck's new comedy The Way of the World, The Winter's Tale, and a special engagement of Bedlam's acclaimed production of Saint Joan

  • Free Bard in the Park Screenings

    Join us at the Capitol Riverfront on Wednesdays this month to catch the Bard on the big screen, with free screenings of  Romeo + Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and the final screening on Wednesday, June 28—Gil Junger's 10 Things I Hate About You. Come before the show for a special performance.

  • RSC Live: Antony & Cleopatra, July 17 at 7pm

    Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare's epic tragedy of love and duty, picking up where Julius Caesar ends. "Constant, gripping quality of a political thriller...a palpable hit" (The Evening Standard) and "Josette Simon is a Cleopatra to die for." (Observer).

  • Subscribe to Folger Consort's 2017/18 season

    Subscribe—and save on a season of five early music concerts in bloom. Click below to learn about the music featured in our 2017/18 season, early music seminars, subscriber discounts, and exciting guest artists who will be joining the award-winning Folger Consort. 

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