• Imagining Shakespeare's Wife

    We know so little about Anne Hathaway, but it hasn’t stopped us from speculating about her life for the past 300 years. Katherine West Scheil talks about how Hathaway’s image has been reinterpreted and reshaped over the centuries, and why.

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  • Teresa Wood

    Learning Shakespeare, Citywide

    Folger Education’s work with the local public school system in Washington, DC, provides an ideal testing ground for scaling on a system-wide basis the proven methods for teaching Shakespeare with which the Folger has been equipping educators nationwide for decades.

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  • Courtesy of the Churchill Archives Centre.

    Churchill's Shakespeare

    A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. An upcoming Folger exhibition traces Shakespeare’s influence on his speeches and ideas. Opens Oct 6.

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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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  • Apply for Long-Term Fellowships

    The application portal is now open for long-term fellowships for the 2019-2020 fellowship year. Apply by Nov 1.

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INSIDE THE PLAYS

Shakespeare’s Patriotic Empathy

Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company writes about Shakespeare’s history plays, the political considerations of his day, and patriotic portrayals centuries later.

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EARLY MODERN CULTURE

Memento Mori

The rich tradition of “memento mori,” a Latin phrase meaning “remember to die,” permeated European culture through the Middle Ages; the late 16th century saw this tradition popularly expressed in rings and other jewelry.

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THEATER HISTORY

The Lost Plays Database

The Lost Plays Database has found a new home at the Folger. This open-access forum contains information about lost plays from England between 1570 and 1642, such as Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Won.

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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.
  • Become a 2018/19 Theatre Subscriber

    A season featuring characters that shook their worlds and demonstrate how theater has the power to shake our own. 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, free exchanges, and other benefits.

  • An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology: Oct. 5

    Poets Melissa Tuckey and Brenda Cardenas read from Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, exploring the intersection of the environment, social justice, and culture. Wine reception and book-signing to follow the reading on Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm.

  • Eudora Welty Lecture: Richard Ford

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford (Independence Day and Canada) delivers the third annual Eudora Welty Lecture on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30pm

  • Oktoberfest: Early Music of Germany

    Folger Consort celebrates Oktoberfest with a colorful program of Germanic music from the 14th through the 16th-centuries. Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein are played alongside instrumental pieces from the Glogauer Liederbuch. With tenor Mark Bleeke. Five concerts, October 12-14.

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