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June 2013


Twelfth Night  

April 30–June 9, 2013
Preview Dates: April 30–May 5, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: May 6–June 9, 2013
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

Cast away on the shores of a distant land, lost lovers and their unruly servants converge and conspire in this romance-filled comedy.




A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare  EXTENDED

May 25–October 2, 2013
10am Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Shakespeare Library

A copy of the complete works of Shakespeare signed by ANC prisoners at South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison in the 1970s, including Nelson Mandela. On exhibit for the first time in the US.

Tickets: FREE



The Folgers Our Founders  

May 30–September 29, 2013
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Founders Room

Explore the collecting history of founders Henry and Emily Folger through highlights from their early purchases. Shakespearean items include a 1632 Second Folio censored by the Spanish Inquisition, the first known manuscript of a Shakespeare play, and a bracelet braided from the hair of American Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth. The Folgers’ collecting extended beyond Shakespeare to his world; highlights include the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements and a handwritten letter from Elizabeth I to James IV of Scotland.

Tickets: FREE



Robben Island Bible  

June 3, 2013
Preview Dates: June 3, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: June 3, 2013
7:00pm in the Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Matthew Hahn

A staged reading in honor of the exhibition of the Robben Island Shakespeare.

Political prisoners at South Africa's Robben Island in the 1970s signed their names next to Shakespeare passages that spoke to them. Hahn's 2008 interviews with many of them are juxtaposed with Shakespeare's words in a play that explores how life imitates art.



Special Event

Pre–Show Talk and Book Party with Ken Ludwig  

June 8, 2013    Noon
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Enjoy an interactive discussion on Twelfth Night with acclaimed author and Tony Award-nominee Ken Ludwig, followed by a book-signing for his new book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.

Tickets: Free


Education Program

Conference on Teaching Shakespeare in the Elementary Classroom  

June 24–26, 2013    9am–5pm
Folger Haskell Center

Sharing Our Stories
Our 2013 Conference is full of  opportunities to explore the way elementary aged students are "doing" Shakespeare! 
We have an exciting line up of authors, teachers, scholars and students to help re-boot your study of Shakespeare with your students or kick it into high gear!
This year's conference will include demonstration and lecture based sessions, an exlcusive tour of the Folger Reading Room, a special student performance, roundtable discussions, book signings and a closing reception.

A full list of speakers and sessions is available here, as well as a form for registration!

Tickets: $150


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