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.
NOVEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 20
Shakespeare’s Pericles is seen for the first time on the Folger stage. Directed by Joseph Haj, who led Folger’s award-winning Hamlet in 2009, the production which comes from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “strikes the heart most deeply.” (New York Times)
COMING SOONOCTOBER 9-11Chanson Medieval
The music of extraordinary French composers of the 14th and 15th centuriesDECEMBER 18-23The Season Bids UsItalian composer Guido’s The Four Season with cantatas by CharpentierString ensemble led by Parisian violinist Julien Chauvin with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux
UPCOMINGOCTOBER 7James ShapiroOCTOBER 15Sir Keith ThomasOCTOBER 26Anthony Thwaite and Jaimee Hills
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Upcoming at the Folger
Oct 7Talks, Screenings & More
Oct 9-11Folger Consort
Oct 15Talks, Screenings & More
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Shakespeare Not Stirred
Hear the story of two Shakespeare scholars who created a book of Bard-inspired cocktails, complete with illustrations drawn from the Folger collection.
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 will be posted in late Fall 2015.
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.