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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.

    Learn More Podcast

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    Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays

    Visit The Folger Shakespeare to read the full, searchable text of all of Shakespeare's plays, along with scene summaries, essays, and textual notes. Educators can find Shakespeare lesson plans and professional development at Folger Teaching.

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    Lend Me Your Ears

    The Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast features interviews with scholars, authors, directors, and actors about Shakespeare’s works, his world, and his enduring influence. Want more listening material? Stream excerpts from full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays, including Julius Caesar.

    Podcast Audio Excerpts

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    Magnolia on the March

    The relocation of a massive magnolia tree on the west side of our building marks the start of a renovation that will add exhibition galleries, collaborative research spaces, an education lab, social gathering spots, and more—all supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.

    Moving the Tree About the Renovation

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AMERICAN HISTORY

Shakespeare in the Harlem Renaissance

Learn about Shakespeare in the Harlem Renaissance, from Orson Welles’s hit “Voodoo” Macbeth, produced by the Federal Theater Project to the Midsummer-inspired Swingin’ the Dream with Louis Armstrong.

Podcast Voodoo Macbeth

GLOBAL SHAKESPEARE

Translating Shakespeare’s Plays into Persian

Iranian professor and Shakespeare scholar Ali Salami has used the Folger Shakespeare’s freely available digital texts in an unprecedented endeavor to translate Shakespeare’s works into Persian. Read a Q&A with Salami.

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EARLY MODERN ENCOUNTERS

A Backpacker in the Age of Shakespeare

Thomas Coryate was one of the most widely traveled Englishmen of his day, motivated by curiosity, wanderlust, and fame. He served as a fascinating example of how early modern English travelers to the Islamic world might attempt to use their experiences overseas to bolster their standing at home.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

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.
  • Billy Collins: Folger Poetry Board Reading

    The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series concludes its 2020/21 virtual season with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins in a reading co-sponsored with The National Gallery of Art on Monday, May 10, at 6:70pm ET. Free; registration required.

  • Folger Theatre's Upcoming Season

    Folger Theatre will go "On The Road" at venues across the DC region, including the National Building Museum, Round House Theatre, and Theater J. Follow us for updated performance dates in response to COVID-19 protocols. Subscribe to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.

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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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