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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  • Now playing

    Peter Oswald’s bold new translation of Schiller’s vivid re-imagining breathes life into a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge—and ruled by two extraordinary women.

    Playing through March 8.

  • Coming soon

    In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight.

    Playing May 12 through June 21.

Exhibitions