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    A Monument to Shakespeare

    Learn about the extraordinary Folger Shakespeare Library building, designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, and its modernized classical exterior and English Renaissance interior. Through Jan 5

    About the Exhibition Curators' Insights

  • Shakespeare's Theater

    What would it have been like to see a performance at one of the playhouses of Shakespeare’s time, such as the Globe?

    Shakespeare's Theater Podcast

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    Shakespeare's Plays

    The Folger Shakespeare Library Editions are the most popular Shakespeare texts used in American classrooms. Visit Folger Digital Texts to read the full, searchable text of Shakespeare's plays online.

    Folger Digital Texts Resources for Teachers

  • IFC Films

    Lisa Klein on ‘Ophelia’

    Lisa Klein talks about her 2006 YA novel Ophelia, now a movie starring Daisy Ridley (pictured), which approaches the events of Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view.

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    Building Renovation Project

    The main building will be undergoing a major renovation beginning in early 2020 to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who come here. The project is supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign, which formally launched Apr 15 at the Folger Gala.

    Building Project The Wonder of Will

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STAGING SHAKESPEARE

Five Things to Look For When You See As You Like It

What moments are key to understanding As You Like It? We talked to several of our theater partners who are producing Shakespeare’s comedy this season, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival (pictured here).

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ICONIC MOMENTS

Drawing Shakespeare

As part of a series of blog posts about drawing the Shakespeare bas-reliefs on the front of the Folger Shakespeare Library building, artist Paul Glenshaw writes about this tense scene from Hamlet.

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INSIDE THE PLAYS

What Might Have Influenced Love’s Labor’s Lost?

Love’s Labor’s Lost is one of three Shakespeare plays without a primary source, but this blog post explores some of the contemporary influences Shakespeare might have drawn on when writing this romantic comedy.

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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.
  • Folger Theatre's 2019/20 Season

    Feast on a smorgasbord of Shakespeare and Shaffer. Larger-than-life characters—full of humor, hubris, and hunger—take the Folger stage next season. These legendary figures—from Falstaff to Mozart—will leave you craving more. Subscribers get the best seats at the best price, plus other exclusive benefits.

  • Folger Consort's 2019/20 Season: Bella Italia

    Five concerts celebrating Italy—Machiavelli's Florence, Vivaldi and Corelli at Christmas, masterworks by Palestrina, Monteverdi, and more. Subscribe and save for a season of performances at St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill and our annual concert at Washington National Cathedral.

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