• Shakespeare's Kitchen

    How and what did Elizabethans eat? Listen to an interview on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast with food historian Francine Segan and discover a salmon pie recipe from the 1600s.

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    Before Farm to Table

    The Folger Shakespeare Library has been awarded a four-year, $1.5 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a collaborative research project, Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

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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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  • Playwright, Actor, and Shareholder

    Shakespeare was involved in many aspects of London’s professional theatrical world, as the online exhibition Shakespeare Documented demonstrates.

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  • Staging Shakespeare

    The Folger Shakespeare Library collection includes a wealth of material related to performance history, like this 19th-century set design for Henry V.

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EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHT

The Zuccaro Shakespeare

It wasn’t painted by a man named Zuccaro, and it’s not actually a portrait of William Shakespeare. Hear the strange story behind the Zuccaro Shakespeare, on display in the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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OFF THE SHELF

Rosalind: Shakespeare’s Immortal Heroine

How did Rosalind from As You Like It inspire the creator of Peter Pan? Read an excerpt from Angela Thirlwell's new book about one of Shakespeare's most famous female characters.

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JUST FOR FUN

Quiz: Shakespeare & Props

Can you guess the Shakespeare play just from its most memorable props?

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    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.

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    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.

  • Antony and Cleopatra: on stage Oct. 10

    History's greatest love story. Shakespeare's epic tale of of politics and power, love and jealousy is presented in-the-round providing greater intimacy to all of the action in Rome and in Egypt. Featuring Cody Nickell and Shirine Babb.

  • Music From the Age of Shakespeare: Sept 22-24

    Popular ballads and art songs that were heard in Shakespeare's England are paired with instrumental pieces fit for nobles and groundlings alike in Folger Consort's first concert of the 2017/18 season.

  • RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

    The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Blanche McIntyre returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to direct the Bard's brutal revenge tragedy. Screening at Folger Theatre on Mon, Sep 18, 7pm.

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