Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!
May 31 - July 3
Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place-—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today-—District Merchants is a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy brought to the stage by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner.
Join us for Dramatic Musicke!
Subscribe today for a stunning season about the connections between art, music, and theatre, featuring performances from Derek Jacobi, The Orlando Consort, and much more.
UPCOMINGJUNE 2Stage Director TalkJUNE 13Cave CanemJUNE 15Pre-Show TalkJUNE 17CrossTalk DC Conversation
Upcoming at the Folger
June 2Talks, Screenings, and More
June 13Folger Poetry
June 15Talks, Screenings, and More
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Creating the First Folio
We likely wouldn’t have half of Shakespeare’s plays without the First Folio of 1623. In this podcast episode, we hear how the First Folio was conceived, how Shakespeare’s plays were gathered, how the rights for them were obtained, how the book was laid out, and how it was assembled and printed.
CrossTalk: DC Reflects on Identity and Difference
Join us May 15th as we kick off CrossTalk, a community engagement initiative that will bring together people of all ages, races, religions, professions, and lives to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history.
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.