AT THE FOLGER
FOLGER EXHIBITIONS free
Shakespeare's the Thing
A crowd-sourced look at some of our favorite things from the Folger collection, the largest Shakespeare collection in the world.
SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY LECTURE free
Brian Cummings: Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography
Professor Brian Cummings, Anniversary Professor of English at the University of York, discusses the problem of writing the life of Shakespeare in terms of documentary history and its haunting sense of missing links. Cummings' lecture opens the Folger Institute's NEH-funded collaborative research conference, Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography.
Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography
An NEH Collaborative Research Conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library
A rigorous investigation of the multiple—and conflicted—roles biography plays in the reception of Shakespeare today. A cadre of influential scholars, many of whom have written biographies of Shakespeare, focus on such topics as the distinctions between authorship and agency, the interpretations of documentary evidence, the impact of methods of dating texts on an understanding of Shakespeare's life, the broadened context for that life of a more robust understanding of theatrical activity, and the possibility that biography is itself a form of historical fiction.
SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE free
The Bard's Birthday Bash
Enjoy jugglers and jesters, music and theater performances, crafts and swordplay, birthday cake, and a tour of the Folger's reading rooms.
April 17–May 25
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's dizzying romantic comedy, filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and the '"sourest-natured" dog Crab, featuring New York's inventive Fiasco Theater in their DC premiere.
Shakespeare in Action Workshop: Birthday Celebration
Come dance, sing, and play in celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday! Learn stage combat and celebrate with a performance on the Folger stage. Refreshments served. Advanced registration required.
Recommended ages: 7–14
(one adult and one child; $10 each additional child)
Our most important fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the outstanding cultural and educational programming the Folger offers to the greater Washington area and beyond.
Our birthday gifts to Will—and the world—in honor of his 450th!
Folger Digital Texts free
All 38 of Shakespeare's plays from the Folger Editions in free, mobile-friendly versions to read, search, download, and enjoy.
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Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series free
Shakespeare turns up in the most interesting places, including intersections between science and literature, social history and the stage. This "no limits" audio podcast tour—in honor of Shakespeare's 450th—shares the fascinating and varied connections between Shakespeare, his works, and the world around us.