• Remembering Antioch Shakespeare Festival

    The Shakespeare Unlimited podcast brings together actor John Lithgow and other children of the Antioch Shakespeare Festival founders to talk about their fathers’ work and its legacy. Explore prompt books in the Folger collection from the 1950s festival, which performed all of Shakespeare’s plays in rep over the course of three summers.

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  • Teresa Wood

    Shakespeare's Portrayals of Fathers

    Explore the highs and lows of fatherhood in Shakespeare's plays, from Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing to Leontes in The Winter's Tale, pictured here in Folger Theatre's 2018 production.

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  • Driving Discovery

    Volunteers transcribing Folger manuscripts on Shakespeare’s World have uncovered a startling antedating for “partner” meaning “spouse,” resulting in a revised Oxford English Dictionary entry.

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  • Steve Zylius

    Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture

    Listen to a recording of the annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture, presented this year by Julia Reinhard Lupton on Shakespeare’s virtues, with Folger Theatre actor Eric Hissom.

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  • David Reeve

    Inside the Reading Rooms

    Scholars from all over the world come to the Folger reading rooms to use our Shakespeare and early modern collections. Free guided tours for visitors are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

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FOLGER FINDS

An Argentine Hamlet

Rafael Squirru and Juan Carlos Liberti collaborated to create this Argentine translation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with surrealist illustrations.

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STAGE CONNECTIONS

George Bernard Shaw on Shakespeare

Shaw was utterly impatient with “Bardolatry,” but Saint Joan may well be the most Shakespearean of Shaw’s major plays in its matter and its style.

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FROM THE BLOGS

Ghostly Dramas

Explore some works in the Folger collection from the early 20th century that were attributed to Shakespeare’s spirit, such as Hamlet in Heaven.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Our collections, spanning history from the Renaissance onward, and our educational and public programs support the value of pluralism and an open society in which all people contribute and all are treated with respect.
  • Become a 2018/19 Theatre Subscriber

    A season of plays featuring characters that shook their worlds & demonstrate how theater has the power to shake ours. Join us and see the world anew: a smash comedy from the UK, a rarely-seen Shakespeare history play, and a delicious Shakespeare comedy. Subscribers receive discounted tickets to Macbeth, a co-production with Folger Consort.

     

  • 2018/19 Season of Folger Consort

    A five-course musical banquet brimming with early music of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy, plus a Restoration-era Macbeth opens the season with enchanting music from the 17th-century stage. Subscribe to all five concerts - and save.

  • Macbeth: on stage Sept. 4-23

    Shakespeare's murderous tragedy is seen anew in Davenant's Restoration-era adaptation which delighted audiences for nearly a century after its first performance in 1664. Featuring Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as the bloody couple, with music performed by Folger Consort.

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