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Announcing our newest Folger Editions — Folger Luminary Shakespeare Apps!


It's the Folger Edition text of the play you've always depended on, now in digital format. The Folger Luminary Shakespeare app is an interactive reading experience that enriches the Folger Editions with audio performances of the plays produced by Folger Theatre, expert commentaries from the world's leading Shakespeare scholars and teachers, image galleries drawn form the Folger collections, video, and robust authoring and sharing tools.

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Welcome to Students & Families
Shakespeare for Kids

Listen to Elizabethan music, perform a play, or get to know Shakespeare's characters in our interactive site just for kids.


Shakespeare in American Life

Play games, enjoy coloring and activities, as you explore the role a British playwright from 400 years ago has played in America.


Shakespeare's Birthday

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday with music, games, grafts, jugglers, and performers, and free cake with the Queen for all!


Discover Shakespeare

Explore the Folger's world-class collection and learn more about Shakespeare.


Programs for Teachers and Students

Learn about workshops, matinees, seminars, and special outreach opportunities.


Ask a Librarian

Have a question about Shakespeare and his times? Ask a Folger expert.

Shakespeare's Plays -- free for you!

Happy Birthday, Will!

In honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we're releasing all 38 plays from the Folger Editions text in a free, mobile-friendly version.

Folger Digital Texts
Yours to read, search, download, and enjoy.

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January 5–December 31, 2015

Reading Room Tours | Saturdays

February 7, 2015

Create a Code

April 4, 2015

Shakespeare in Action for Families

April 19, 2015

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

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