Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!
Now on Stage!
Shakespeare's magical comedy of tangled lovers, charming rubes, and a mischievous Puck. Directed by Aaron Posner
Masters of early instruments improvise in fantasias, dances, and lively "groundling" music of Shakespeare's day.
with viols, violin, wind instruments of all sorts, lute, and percussion
UPCOMINGFEBRUARY 8Reginald Betts & William ArchilaFEBRUARY 10Talk with Director Michael WitmoreFEBRUARY 17Curator Talk with Georgianna ZieglerFEBRUARY 25Brews and Banter with Midsummer cast members
Upcoming at the Folger
Feb 8Folger Poetry
Feb 10Talks, Screenings, and More
Feb 17Talks, Screenings, and More
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Music for Shakespeare's Lyrics
The majority of Shakespeare’s plays call for singing, and while the lyrics to the songs appear to have always been a part of the text, the musical notes for those lyrics have been lost over the years.
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 are now available.
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.