Lynne Magnusson: Shakespeare and the Language of Possibility


In this free lecture, Professor Lynne Magnusson of the University of Toronto will explore how Shakespeare’s language challenged, edited, and reframed early modern conceptions of speech.

Magnusson’s lecture opens the Folger Institute's symposium, Shakespeare’s Language.

To request a reservation for this free event, please complete our online event registration form.

Bard in the Yards


Folger Theatre and the Capitol Riverfront BID celebrate Shakespeare's 451st  Birthday with three of Hollywood's best takes on his plays for a free weekend of outdoor films. 
Watch these stars beneath the stars in Yards Park at sundown, between 7:30 and 8:00 pm each night.  Actors from Folger Theatre’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead introduce the screenings!
Friday, April 24th: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Rachel Zampelli

Folger Theatre: The Comedy of Errors, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Kennedy Center: The Gift of Nothing; Ford’s Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shenandoah; Signature Theatre: Dying City, Brother Russia, Chess, See What I Wanna See, The Happy Time, The Fix (upcoming); Studio Secondstage: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, POP! (Helen Hayes Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress), Jerry Springer: The Op

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, produced by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the British Longitude Act of 1714, which offered a huge reward for any practical way to determine longitude at sea. The longitude problem was so difficult that—despite the reward—it took five decades to solve it. Among its highlights are clockmaker John Harrison's "H4" marine timekeeper, the culmination of his life's work; astronomical tables developed by Nevil Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal; paintings from Captain Cook's Pacific voyages; and more.

Meet the Curator

Jacob Yeh

Theater J: Yellowface; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Julius Caesar; Ford's Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Studio Theatre 2nd Stage: Edgar and Annabel; 1st Stage Tysons: Shakespeare's R+J, Take Me Out, The Game of Love and Chance, Fuddy Meers; Imagination Stage: Anime Momotaro (Helen Hayes Award, Theatre For Young Audiences), P.NOKIO, Cinderella: The Remix, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Wake Up, Brother Bear!; Adventure Theater: Five Little Monkeys, Just A Dre

Stephen Russell Murray

Arena Stage: House of Glass, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls; Signature Theatre: Sunday in the Park with George, Spin, Romeo and Juliet; Keegan Theatre: Spring Awakening (Helen Hayes Award nomination); 1st Stage: Never the Sinner (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Regional: American Opera Theatre: Hydrogen Jukebox; White Plains Performing Arts Center: Footloose.


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