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July 2014


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


Special Event

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England
Exhibition Opening


July 1, 2014    6:30pm
Folger Great Hall

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition with remarks in the Elizabethan Theatre and a reception in the Great Hall.

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Tickets: Members by invitation



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



RSC Live from Stratford–upon–Avon: Henry IV, Part II  CLOSED

July 2, 2014    7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

The Folger hosts a special preview screening of a live cinema broadcast from the stage of the RSC, captured from Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

Tickets: $20


Family Program

Shake Up Your Saturdays: Exploring Heraldry  FREE

July 5, 2014    10am–11am
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Discover the history of heraldry and create your own example before exploring the exhibit.

Recommended ages: 6-12

Reserve your spot

Ages: 6 — 12

Tickets: Free



Shakespeare's Coat of Arms and the Early Modern Heraldry Wars  FREE

July 17, 2014    7pm–8pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

In 1596, Shakespeare secured a coat of arms for his father, thus earning himself the title "gentleman." But the herald who granted the coat faced attacks from his own colleagues for elevating a mere playwright to gentle status. How did Shakespeare, early modern heraldry officials, and their contemporaries view the relationship between heraldry and gentility? And have heraldry's meanings changed over the past few centuries? In this talk, Kathryn Will explores the fascinating and volatile history of England's royal College of Arms, shedding light on quests for arms from the Bard through Kate Middleton.

Tickets: Free



Shakespeare's Globe: Hamlet  CLOSED

July 25–26, 2014
Preview Dates: July 25, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: July 25–26, 2014
July 25–26, 2014
Preview Dates: July 25, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: July 25–26, 2014
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst

Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humor, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s ‘poem unlimited’, a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of his genius.


Be a part of a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure for the US stop on a two-year worldwide tour of Shakespeare's Globe pared-down, small-scale Hamlet, which will visit all 205 nations on earth.





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