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    Folger Theatre: Amadeus

    Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-century Vienna in this Tony Award-winning play by Peter Shaffer. Onstage Nov 5 – Dec 22

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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

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  • Mark Haddon and Pericles

    Listen to an interview on our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast with Mark Haddon, the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, about how Shakespeare’s Pericles inspired his new novel, The Porpoise.

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    Reading 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.

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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.

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The King

The King (now on Netflix) is based on Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V. How does the film's portrayal of the father-son triangle at the heart of Shakespeare’s story compare with other adaptations?

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Caffeine in Early Modern England

There’s plenty of alcohol in Shakespeare’s plays, but no tea, coffee, or chocolate. Learn why these caffeinated treats were initially slow to catch on in England.

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Shakespeare’s Folktale Sources

What are the connections between traditional folktales and Shakespeare’s plays? Read an excerpt from the introduction to a new anthology of stories edited by Charlotte Artese.

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  • Amadeus: now on stage through Dec 22

    Genius and jealousy collide in Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning "Best Play," now on stage at the Folger. Tortured composer Antonio Salieri will do everything in his power to destroy his musical rival—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—in 18th-century Vienna. With Ian Merrill Peakes as Salieri.

  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

    Artist Lesley Dill and poet Tom Sleigh celebrate Dickinson and share their work at this annual Folger tribute on Monday, December 9 at 7:30pm. Wine reception and book-signing to follow the event.

  • Folger Consort: Holiday Concerts

    Folger Consort journeys to Venice for the holidays with seven performances of Gloria: A Baroque Italian Christmas, December 13 - 18. Vivaldi's beloved Gloria in D, RV 589 will be performed, as well as seasonal music by Scarlatti, Corelli, and others. At St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill.

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