• Shakespeare’s Tyrants

    On this 100th episode of the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, eminent Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt talks about tyranny in Shakespeare’s plays and characters like Richard III and Macbeth.

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  • Folger Shakespeare Library | Julie Ainsworth

    Form and Function: The Genius of the Book

    Dive deep into one of the world's greatest technologies—the book—in the Folger's new exhibition. Open through September 23.

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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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  • James R. Brantley

    Teaching Shakespeare 2018

    This summer at the Folger, 25 teachers are doing an intensive exploration of Henry VI Part 1, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, learning successful strategies for teaching those plays and engaging students in rich classroom discussions.

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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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An Argentine Hamlet

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



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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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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  • Become a 2018/19 Theatre Subscriber

    A season 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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