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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.The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection
Maurice Jones as Mark Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, 2014. Photo: Teresa Wood.
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.Lend Me Your Ears
Annie Finch reading at the Folger in 2019. Photo: Lloyd Wolf
Get in a Halloween mood by watching clips from last year’s I Put a Spell On You poetry reading with Kiki Petrosino and Annie Finch, and join us on Oct 22 for a virtual reading with Toi Derricotte as we begin our 52nd season of poetry.O.B. Hardison Poetry
Visit The Folger Shakespeare to read the full, searchable text of all of Shakespeare's plays, along with scene summaries, essays, and textual notes. To further support teachers, Folger Education is sharing free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays
Our historic building is undergoing a major renovation 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.Building Renovation
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Because the Folger presents the human experience in all of its complexity and aspiration, we must be part of undoing the legacy of hurt, racial injustice, and pain. Calling out completely unacceptable violence against African Americans, including the killing of George Floyd, is only part of what we must do. It is a start. But we must also address this legacy in our thinking and actions.
Folger Theatre's 2020/21 Season
Folger Theatre goes "On The Road" at venues across the DC region, including the National Building Museum, Round House Theatre, and Theater J. Follow us for news & performance dates in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Subscribe today to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.
Folger Consort 2020/21 Season
The upcoming Consort season of five concerts takes its inspiration from five great European rivers. Performances will take place at St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill and the Washington National Cathedral. Follow us for news and schedule updates in response to COVID-19. Subscriptions and subscriber benefits are available.
Folger Poetry 2020/21 Season
Join us for a season of virtual and in-person readings by emerging and established voices. Fall and winter readings live-streamed from the homes of Emily Dickinson and Abraham Lincoln. Subcribe to the full season for $50.
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.
Upcoming Folger Events & Programs
Oct 28Shakespeare Lightning Round
Nov 5Virtual Book Club
Nov 13Shakespeare Lightning Round
Nov 18O.B. Hardison Poetry
During the pandemic, supporting teachers is more important than ever. Folger Education has launched its new online home for Teacher Members, Folger Teaching, where teachers can download lesson plans, participate in professional development workshops, and get connected to a wide range of related Folger programs and resources.