The Wonder of Will
The Wonder of Will
Join us for The Wonder of Will, celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions, performances, and more—online, at the Folger, and across the United States!
How do we know Shakespeare's plays? For many of them, the answer is one book: the 1623 First Folio. Without it, 18 plays, including Macbeth and The Tempest, could have been lost. In 2016, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare brought the First Folio to 50 states, Washington, and Puerto Rico.
In 2016, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will bring the First Folio to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The exhibition, which also includes panels, digital content, and local events, exclusively features First Folios from the Folger. Find the closest tour location to you.
In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the Gravedigger appears briefly in Act V to perform a comic exchange with a fellow gravedigger before speaking to Hamlet and presenting him with the jester Yorick’s skull. Our Gravedigger arrives with a trunk and a book and answers “questions” from the audience with pieces of text from Hamlet.
Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare lives on in classrooms everywhere—and there's no better time to connect with him and with the Folger than 2016! He is the most commonly taught author in American schools, and his works continue to challenge and stir new generations of readers. At the Folger, online, and on the road, we're partnering with teachers to transform the way Shakespeare is taught.
We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime. Shakespeare, Life of an Icon brings together some of the most important manuscripts and printed books related to Shakespeare's life and career, giving us a firsthand look at the most famous author in the world.
Shakespeare Documented is the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials that document William Shakespeare's life and work.
America’s Shakespeare reveals how Americans have made Shakespeare our own. Using a fascinating selection of rare letters, costumes, books, and more, it shows how his words and ideas weave through our national story from print to radio, television, film, and digital media. Shakespeare has always helped us voice the important issues of our national culture.
The Folger Shakespeare Library’s radio documentary Shakespeare in American Life explores the English language’s most important playwright and his influence on American performance, politics, and popular culture.
Transcribe manuscripts from the Folger collection created by thousands of men and women in and around Shakespeare’s lifetime, 1564–1616.
Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first name basis with the world. Explore the stories of "Will" and "Jane" and the nature of literary celebrity. How does today’s Cult of Jane resemble the first wave of Bardolatry two hundred years ago?
The 2015/16 season is brimming with the works of Shakespeare that will take us on a delightful journey from the stormy Mediterranean coasts to a magical forest filled with lovers and fools to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., for a world premiere commissioned by Folger Theatre.
The Folger's early music ensemble in residence ushered in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death with a January concert of early and new music celebrating Shakespeare.
Tiffany Stern, Stephen Greenblatt, and Kim Hall delivered talks this spring and summer as part of the Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series, presented by Folger Institute. Joseph Roach will complete the series with his talk in October.
As part of our commitment to building greater connections to Shakespeare and the humanities, the Folger has developed a theater partnership program to share Shakespeare-related content and experiences.