• Brigitte Lacombe

    Glenda Jackson

    The Tony-, Emmy-, and Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson talks on Shakespeare Unlimited about the intricacies of her performance as King Lear on Broadway.

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    Folger Theatre: Love's Labor's Lost

    A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart. Performances extended through Jun 16

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    Building Renovation Project

    The main building will be undergoing a major renovation beginning in early 2020 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, which formally launched Apr 15 at the Folger Gala.

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  • A Monument to Shakespeare

    Learn about the extraordinary Folger Shakespeare Library building, designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, and its modernized classical exterior and English Renaissance interior. Through Jan 5

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  • Elizabeth I and Xiaozhuang

    Though not quite contemporaries, the English queen and the Qing empress would have found many similarities in their court cultures and much to talk about given their intellectual and political interests.

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Quiz: Shakespeare's Mothers

Mothers don’t always fare well in Shakespeare’s plays, and people have noted that many of Shakespeare’s plots would have turned out differently if moms had more prominent roles in them. See how well you know the mothers of Shakespeare.

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Drawing Shakespeare

As part of a series of blog posts about drawing the Shakespeare bas-reliefs on the front of the Folger Shakespeare Library building, artist Paul Glenshaw writes about this tense scene from Hamlet.

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What Might Have Influenced Love’s Labor’s Lost?

Love’s Labor’s Lost is one of three Shakespeare plays without a primary source, but this blog post explores some of the contemporary influences Shakespeare might have drawn on when writing this romantic comedy.

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  • Love's Labor's Lost: now extended thru June 16!

    Mind vs. Matter. Game on! A king and his three confidants renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her three fair companions arrive. On stage through June 16. Great seats available for newly added final week of shows.

  • Folger Theatre's 2019/20 Season

    Feast on a smorgasbord of Shakespeare and Shaffer. Larger-than-life characters—full of humor, hubris, and hunger—take the Folger stage next season. These legendary figures—from Falstaff to Mozart—will leave you craving more. Subscribers get the best seats at the best price, plus other exclusive benefits.

  • Walt Whitman Celebration: June 3

    In celebration of Walt Whitman's birth, poets and other special guests read from work Whitman created and published during his time in Washington D.C. This event is part of a week-long festival honoring Whitman. At Folger Theatre, Monday, June 3 at 7:30pm.

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