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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

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    1 Henry IV

    Join Prince Hal and Falstaff (played by Ed Gero, pictured) at the Boar's Head Tavern in this Folger Theatre production of Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV, directed by Rosa Joshi. Onstage Sep 3 – Oct 13.

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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

  • Charlotte Cushman

    Actress Charlotte Cushman was a 19th-century international superstar who specialized in playing male roles, principally Hamlet and Romeo (pictured here with her sister as Juliet). Hear about her extraordinary life and career on the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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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.

    Building Project The Wonder of Will

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Shakespeare and Opera

From Rossini to Verdi, composers have found much to love in Shakespeare. Read about Sir John Falstaff’s popularity and the heartbreaking beauty of Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.

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EARLY MODERN LIFE

Mushrooms: Marginalized and Maligned

Attitudes towards mushrooms in Shakespeare’s England reveal deeply held cultural anxieties, as Before ‘Farm to Table’ fellow Michael Walkden explores.

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POP CULTURE

Shakespeare in Star Trek

September marks two big anniversaries for Star Trek fans. Explore the many connections to Shakespeare, from quotations and costumes to episode titles and plots.

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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.
  • 1 Henry IV is "a must-see"

    "What is honor?" Shakespeare's epic coming-of-age tale of power, rebellion, and honor has been hailed as "absolutely stunning" (BroadwayWorld) and "riveting theater" (Metro Weekly). Featuring Edward Gero as the irrepresible Falstaff. Through October 13 only.

  • 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.

  • Music for Machiavelli: Sept. 27-29

    Folger Consort performs songs that Machiavelli (The Prince) wrote for the Medici family and for his stage plays, as well as works from native composers of Northern Italy. With soprano Emily Noël. At St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill. 

  • Eudora Welty Lecture: Jesmyn Ward

    Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward delivers the fourth annual Eudora Welty Lecture. Ward is a two-time National Book Award-winner for Salvage the Bones (2011) and Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017). At the National Press Club on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm

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