• Milton's Shakespeare

    Listen to an interview with Jason Scott-Warren and Claire M.L. Bourne⁠, the scholars behind the recent groundbreaking discovery that a Shakespeare First Folio in Philadelphia once belonged to (and was marked up by) John Milton, author of Paradise Lost⁠.

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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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    Race and Periodization

    Last month the Folger Institute and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies co-sponsored a symposium to explore the relationship between race and historical periods, part of the #RaceB4Race initiative.

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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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Shakespeare and Opera: Verdi’s Macbeth

In adapting Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi broke many of the rules that dictated a proper framework for Italian opera in favor of a more fluid, cohesively unfolding music drama.

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Henry IV, Part 1: Quarto Zero

This fragment of four leaves in the Folger collection is believed to be the earliest edition of Henry IV, Part 1, published in 1598. Learn more about what early printings reveal about the play’s popularity and evolution, and see “quarto zero” on Shakespeare Documented.

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Lady Percy and Lady Mortimer

Though the action of Henry IV, Part 1 focuses on the male characters, the noblewomen affected by their husbands’ actions stake their own claims to the audience’s attention: feisty Lady Percy and the Welsh-speaking Lady Mortimer.

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  • Amadeus: on stage Nov 5 - Dec 22

    Genius and jealousy collide in Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning "Best Play," 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.

  • Folger Poetry: Anthony Hecht Prize

    Hecht judge and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright reads with this year's Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize recipient, Katherine Hollander. At Folger Theatre on Monday, November 4 at 7:30pm.

  • 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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