Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!
Now on Stage!
The inventive and hilarious RSC returns to Folger Theatre in this eagerly anticipated world premiere of William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged).
While The Season Bids Us may be over, find out more about our exciting upcoming season of early music.
UPCOMINGMAY 2A Tribute to Robert StoneMAY 9Sir Andrew MotionMAY 21-22Bard in the ParkJUNE 2Stage Director Talk
Upcoming at the Folger
April 21-May 8Folger Theatre
April 29Talks, Screenings, and More
May 2PEN/Faulkner Fiction
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
Shakespeare and Magic
This podcast episode features Teller (of the magic/comedy team Penn & Teller) and Barbara Mowat talking about magic in Shakespeare's plays, particularly The Tempest, and attitudes about magic in Shakespeare's time.
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.