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, which formally launched Apr 15 at the Folger Gala.Building Renovation Project
Harriet Walter talks about gender in Shakespeare, recent roles, and her decades-long career as one of the most acclaimed performers on the British stage.Harriet Walter
Learn about the extraordinary Folger Shakespeare Library building, designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, and its modernized classical exterior and English Renaissance interior. Apr 13 – Jan 5A Monument to Shakespeare
Brittany Diliberto, Bee Two Sweet
A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart. Apr 30 – Jun 9Folger Theatre: Love's Labor's Lost
Food historian and The Great British Baking Show contestant Mary-Anne Boermans writes about piecing together Folger manuscript recipes to learn more about these 17th-century pastries.Taffety Tarts
FROM THE DIRECTOR
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.
Love's Labor's Lost this spring
Mind vs. Matter. Game on. A king and his three confidants renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her three fair companions arrive. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. On stage April 30.
Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at The Phillips Collection
Poet Carmen Giménez Smith responds in words to The Phillips Collection exhibition Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm. Reception and book-signing to follow.
RSC Live: As You Like It
Don't miss Rosalind and Celia's journey into the magical Forest of Arden at the Folger on Monday, May 13 at 7pm. Director Kimberley Sykes directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, called "Inventive, playful, captivating" (Daily Telegraph). Arrive early to enjoy behind-the-scenes content from the RSC.
Folger Poetry: Kay Ryan on May 7
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan shares her favorite poems by other poets and reads from her own work at the Folger Poetry Board Reading on May 7 at 7:30pm. Wine reception and book-signing will follow this annual reading.
Upcoming at the Folger
April 18O.B. Hardison Poetry
April 22Talks, Screenings, & More
May 2Talks, Screenings, & More
May 7O.B. Hardison Poetry
Classroom Resources for Teaching Shakespeare
Folger Education works alongside teachers to develop engaging, effective tools for helping students have successful classroom encounters with Shakespeare and other complex texts.