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    The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection

    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.

    About the First Folio Shakespeare Collection

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    Lend Me Your Ears

    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? Stream excerpts from full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays, including Julius Caesar.

    Podcast Scene Excerpts

  • A Virtual Christmas Concert with Folger Consort

    For its annual holiday concerts, the Consort rejoices with a mix of seasonal favorites, from J.S. Bach’s Wachet auf (Sleepers Wake) to Christmas classics from the English and American traditions, including festive carols by 18th-century American choral composer William Billings. With vocal quartet, winds, strings, and continuo. On-demand Dec 11 through Jan 5.

    Virtual Christmas Concert Folger Consort Season

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    Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays

    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 sharing free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.

    The Folger Shakespeare Teaching During COVID-19

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    Magnolia on the March

    The relocation of a massive magnolia tree on the west side of our building marks the start of a renovation that will add exhibition galleries, collaborative research spaces, an education lab, social gathering spots, and more—all supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.

    Moving the Tree About the Renovation

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ADAPTATION AND TRANSFORMATION

Strange Shakespeare

During the two centuries after Shakespeare’s death, his plays were constantly staged in theaters throughout the British Isles and their colonies—but often in forms that we would be hard pressed to recognize as “Shakespearean.” A new blog series explores these adaptations and transformations.

Transforming The Tempest The Weirder Sisters

FOLGER FINDS

Voting in 1710

Private ballots are easy to take for granted today, but voting was not a secret process in early modern England. The poll book shown here published the names of all the voters in London and which candidates and party they voted for in 1710. You may be surprised to see how the voters are grouped.

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INSIDE THE PLAYS

Black Lives Matter in Titus Andronicus

What does it mean to read a play like Titus Andronicus with questions of race in mind? David Sterling Brown, who has been part of Folger Institute's Critical Race Conversations series, discusses the ways such a reading reveals an entire dimension of racial imagery and violence.

Listen to the Podcast Critical Race Conversations

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Because the Folger presents the human experience in all of its complexity and aspiration, we must be part of undoing the legacy of hurt, racial injustice, and pain. Calling out completely unacceptable violence against African Americans, including the killing of George Floyd, is only part of what we must do. It is a start. But we must also address this legacy in our thinking and actions.
  • Folger Consort's holiday concert

    This year, we bring Folger Consort to your home for the season. Featuring festive music composed by Bach and Praetorius along with other German holiday favorites and English and American Yuletide music. Stream Dec 11 - Jan 5 whenever you wish and as often as you like. Tickets now available.

  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

    Our annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute features a virtual reading from Dickinson’s home with celebrated poet Dorianne Laux on December 10 at 7:30pm. The reading will include a virtual tour of the poet’s bedroom. Co-sponsored with the Emily Dickinson Museum.

  • Folger Theatre's 2020/21 Season

    Folger Theatre goes "On The Road" at venues across the DC region, including the National Building Museum, Round House Theatre, and Theater J. Follow us for news & performance dates in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Subscribe today to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.

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    Shakespeare Lightning Round

    Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.

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