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.
May 12 – June 21
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.
April 10 - 12
Folger Consort explores the scientific and the satirical in this concert of late Baroque masterpieces, including Telemann’s iconic Gulliver’s Suite, based on Swift’s timeless work.
Celebrate Shakespeare’s 451st birthday with this annual tradition, featuring live entertainment, activities, and birthday cake for all.
Join the former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet as she shares both original work and favorite poems.
Upcoming at the Folger
Mar 27thPEN/Faulkner Fiction
March 27-28Member Events
April 4thFamily Programs
Robben Island Shakespeare
A cleverly disguised copy of Shakespeare’s complete works was once secretly circulated among a group of South African political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast explores this remarkable book and what it meant to the men who read it.
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.