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Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England
Jul 1–Oct 26, 2014
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Elizabethan Garden Tour
Apr 6–Oct 31, 2014
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Shake Up Your Saturdays: We Are Shakespeare
Aug 2, 2014
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Shakespeare's Globe: Hamlet
Jul 25–26, 2014
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Quick list of what's on by date:
Family Program August 3, 2013–December 31, 2014

Reading Room Tours | Saturdays  FREE

Tour our historic Reading Rooms. View paintings from our Shakespeare collection, Nicola d'Ascenzo's stained-glass window inspired by Jacques's "Seven Ages of Man" speech from As You Like It,  a bust of Shakespeare based on his memorial in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, and sixteenth and seventeenth-century Flemish tapestries.



Lectures April 6–October 31, 2014

Elizabethan Garden Tour  

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.

Exhibition July 1–October 26, 2014

Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England  FREE

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.



Family Program August 2, 2014

Shake Up Your Saturdays: We Are Shakespeare  FREE

Explore Shakespeare's language; own it and find yourself in his words.

Recommended ages: 6-12



Theater September 5–21, 2014

Shakespeare's Globe: King Lear  

Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. Shakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear stars Joseph Marcell, well known as Geoffrey the English butler on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and internationally known as a classical actor and seen in Folger Theatre’s 2007 As You Like It.       

 



Family Program September 6, 2014

Shake Up Your Saturdays: All In The Family  FREE

Discover how people, including Shakespeare himself, used heraldry to describe their family history.

Lectures September 8, 2014

Thomas Cahill: Heretics and Heroes  

Author Thomas Cahill discusses his new book Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Changed Our World.

Lectures September 19, 2014

The Institute of Heraldry: Guardians of our National Symbolic Heritage  FREE

Charles V. Mugno, Director of the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry, has studied the history and development of military insignia for over 25 years. He is a published author on the subject of military awards and has directly influenced the design of numerous decorations, campaign, and service medals. He will be be speaking in connection with the Folger exhibition "Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England."

Music September 26, 2014

Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare's England  

The great virtuoso lutenist John Dowland aspired to be appointed to Elizabeth's court, but to no avail. Along the way he did acquire the patronage of many nobles, however, including the King of Denmark and the Earl of Essex, one of Elizabeth's favorites. In this program Folger Consort performs Dowland's dances for five viols and lute named for his patrons, along with consort songs and lute ayres of Shakespeare's time and lyra viol pieces by Tobias Hume. Featuring tenor James Taylor and viol consort Arcadia Viols.

Music September 27, 2014

Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare's England  

The great virtuoso lutenist John Dowland aspired to be appointed to Elizabeth's court, but to no avail. Along the way he did acquire the patronage of many nobles, however, including the King of Denmark and the Earl of Essex, one of Elizabeth's favorites. In this program Folger Consort performs Dowland's dances for five viols and lute named for his patrons, along with consort songs and lute ayres of Shakespeare's time and lyra viol pieces by Tobias Hume. Featuring tenor James Taylor and viol consort Arcadia Viols.

Music September 28, 2014

Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare's England  

The great virtuoso lutenist John Dowland aspired to be appointed to Elizabeth's court, but to no avail. Along the way he did acquire the patronage of many nobles, however, including the King of Denmark and the Earl of Essex, one of Elizabeth's favorites. In this program Folger Consort performs Dowland's dances for five viols and lute named for his patrons, along with consort songs and lute ayres of Shakespeare's time and lyra viol pieces by Tobias Hume. Featuring tenor James Taylor and viol consort Arcadia Viols.

Family Program October 4, 2014

"Something Wicked This Way Comes"  FREE

Prepare for Halloween with the magic and witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays.

Exhibition Ongoing, Monday–Saturday

The Shakespeare Gallery  FREE

Discover what it might have been like to see a play in Shakespeare's time in a family-friendly display, The Play's the Thing!, and explore the Folger through our visitor film on why Shakespeare matters.



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