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 for the 2015/16 season of programming at the Folger as we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare.
Our three-play main season features two of Shakespeare’s classics and a new world premiere. Sign up today for great savings and a host of other benefits.
In 2015/16, the Folger stage will feature both a world premiere work by Compagnia de' Colombari, as well as the return of old favorites the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
With performances by Folger Consort, as well as readings from the PEN/Faulkner Fiction and O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and special lectures, there’s something for everyone this year at the Folger.
Upcoming at the Folger
July 4Family Programs
Aug 1Family Programs
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Shakespeare's France and Italy
Shakespeare's plays are well stocked with merchants of Venice, gentlemen of Verona, lords and ladies of France, and other foreign characters. But what did he and his audiences really know about such distant places and people?
Emily Jordan Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival
You're never too young for Shakespeare!
Every spring, the Folger Children's Festival brings hundreds of students in grades 3–6 together on our stage and in our Great Hall to perform Shakespeare for one another. Applications for this year's festival are now being accepted.
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.
2015–2016 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.