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The Folger Shakespeare Library, established on Capitol Hill in 1932 as a gift to the American people, is home to the world’s largest collection of First Folios, the book that gave us Shakespeare. Learn more about the First Folio and see other treasures from the Shakespeare collection.The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection
Maurice Jones as Mark Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, 2014. Photo: Teresa Wood.
The Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast features interviews with scholars, authors, directors, and actors about Shakespeare’s works, his world, and his enduring influence. Want more listening material? Full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays are free to stream through July 1, including Julius Caesar.Lend Me Your Ears
Shakespeare’s plays come to life with Folger Theatre. Watch a recording of 2008’s Macbeth (streaming for free through July 1), and subscribe to the 2020/21 season on the road: Nathan the Wise at Theater J, The Tempest at Round House Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Building Museum.Folger Theatre: Shakespeare Onstage
Visit The Folger Shakespeare to read the full, searchable text of all of Shakespeare's plays, along with scene summaries, essays, and textual notes. To further support teachers, Folger Education is hosting weekly conversations about free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays
Our historic building is undergoing a major renovation to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who come here. The project is supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.Building Renovation
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Shakespeare is our middle name. We are stewards of a precious resource of world heritage and culture—a living tradition that offers something truly elevating.
Upcoming Folger Events & Programs
Sep 14, 2020Special Event
Feb 17 - Mar 14, 2021Folger Theatre
Apr 28 - Jun 6, 2021Folger Theatre
Jul 13 - Aug 29, 2021Folger Theatre
Teaching During COVID-19
Teachers are invited to join Folger Education's weekly teacher conversations and to use free resources for teaching Shakespeare and other complex texts during COVID-19.