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  Today: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Exhibition

The Shakespeare Gallery  FREE

Ongoing, Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm
Folger Great Hall

Discover what it might have been like to see a play in Shakespeare's time in a family-friendly display, The Play's the Thing!, and explore the Folger through our visitor film on why Shakespeare matters.

Learn more

Tickets: FREE

 

Family Program

Reading Room Tours | Saturdays  FREE

August 3, 2013–December 31, 2014    Noon–1pm
Folger Old Reading Room

Tour our historic Reading Rooms. View paintings from our Shakespeare collection, Nicola d'Ascenzo's stained-glass window inspired by Jacques's "Seven Ages of Man" speech from As You Like It,  a bust of Shakespeare based on his memorial in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, and sixteenth and seventeenth-century Flemish tapestries.

Reserve your spot!

Tickets: Free

 

Lectures

Elizabethan Garden Tour  

April 6–October 31, 2014    10am
Folger Elizabethan Garden

Garden tours are offered at 10am and 11am on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through October.
The Elizabethan Garden is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and before most Folger performances.

Explore our garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare's plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more.

Tickets: Free

 

Exhibition

Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England  FREE

July 1–October 26, 2014
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Nigel Ramsay & Heather Wolfe

Explore the working papers of the most influential heralds from Shakespeare’s time, the earliest brand consultants and trademark protectors. These manuscripts—including the grants of arms to Shakespeare’s father (on loan from the College of Arms)—reveal heraldry's growing importance in matters of status and honor, and how it shaped modern genealogy.

Tickets: FREE

 

Theater

Shakespeare's Globe: King Lear  

September 5–21, 2014
Preview Dates: September 5, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: September 5–21, 2014
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Composed by Alex Silverman

Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. Shakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear stars Joseph Marcell, well known as Geoffrey the English butler on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and internationally known as a classical actor and seen in Folger Theatre’s 2007 As You Like It.       

 

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