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
September 19 - October 4Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Shakespeare Not Stirred
Hear the story of two Shakespeare scholars who created a book of Bard-inspired cocktails, complete with illustrations drawn from the Folger collection.
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 by October 1, 2015.
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.