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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

  • Shakespeare’s Theater

    Learn more about the playhouses of Shakespeare’s time, including the Globe, and what it would have been like to see a performance there.

    Shakespeare's Theater Podcast

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    Patricia Akhimie Named Folger Institute Director

    Dr. Patricia Akhimie, Director of the RaceB4Race Mentorship Network and Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, has been named Director of the Folger Institute. She will lead the Folger’s scholarly programs and fellowships, supporting new and established forms of scholarship in the early modern humanities and making new connections with working scholars and the public.

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    Studying and Teaching Shakespeare

    Read, search, and download the full texts of Shakespeare's plays and poems, available online for free. High school teachers can find Shakespeare lesson plans and professional development at Folger Teaching.

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  • The Wonder of Will

    The Wonder of Will: The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library is raising $50 million to support a major building renovation project and the Folger’s many programs that bring Shakespeare and his world to life for scholars, students, enthusiasts, and you. A new pavilion will feature exhibition galleries and accessible, inviting public spaces.

    The Wonder of Will Building Renovation


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The Beatles and the Bard

Did you know that in April 1964 the Beatles performed the "Pyramus and Thisbe" scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream on TV? While the Fab Four mainly stick to Shakespeare's script, the moments when they play with the text stand out.

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Pamela Hutchinson on Asta Nielsen's Hamlet

In 1921 one of the world’s biggest movie stars, Asta Nielsen, decided to make a version of Hamlet where the lead character was born a woman, a fact that was kept secret from nearly all of the play’s characters for her entire life.

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Birds of Shakespeare

Missy Dunaway, an American artist and recipient of a Folger fellowship, shares her paintings of the birds that appear in Shakespeare’s works, along with explorations of their literary associations.

About the Paintings See the Barnacle Goose


As an institution representing the arts and humanities, part of our role in civic life is to take deep questions and deep disagreements and meet them with a knowledge of history and a passion for greater understanding.
  • Folger Consort Season Now in Performance!

    The season continues with holiday music and performances centered around Shakespeare, bluegrass and more great music.

  • O.B. Hardison Poetry Season On Sale Now!

    Join in to hear poets Jan Beatty, Joel Dias-Porter, Chris Abani, Alice Fulton, Naomi Shihab Nye and more. 

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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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