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.

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  • Subscriptions Available

    Join us for the 2015/16 season of programming at the Folger as we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare.

  • This Season

    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.  

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