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.
Join us in 2016 for The Wonder of Will, celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions, performances, and more!
ON STAGE THROUGH 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 2010, the production which comes from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “strikes the heart most deeply.” (New York Times)
COMING SOONDECEMBER 18-23The Season Bids UsString ensemble led by Parisian violinist Julien Chauvin with soprano Rosa LamoreauxJANUARY 22-23, 2016The Wonder of WillFeaturing Stile Antico and Arcadia Viols
UPCOMINGDECEMBER 1Curator TalkDECEMBER 2Pre-Show TalkDECEMBER 3Brews and Banter
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Upcoming at the Folger
Dec 1Talks, Screenings, and More
Dec 2Talks, Screenings & More
Dec 3Talks, 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.