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    Watch Shakespeare Online

    Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner present a startling, supernatural Macbeth. Watch the recorded Folger Theatre 2008 performance online for free through Jul 1, along with eight special features.

    Watch Macbeth In Teller's Words

  • Listen to Shakespeare's Plays

    Through July 1, the Folger and Simon & Schuster Audio are making our full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays free to stream. Visit The Folger Shakespeare site to read the full, searchable text of all of Shakespeare's plays, along with scene summaries, essays, and textual notes.

    Audio Recordings The Folger Shakespeare

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    Abraham Lincoln and Shakespeare

    On our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, scholar Michael Anderegg discusses true (and fictional) stories of Abraham Lincoln and his passion for Shakespeare, why these anecdotes fascinate us, and what they can tell us about Lincoln and about Shakespeare’s place in the American story.

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    The First Folio

    The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works, published in 1623. Without it, 18 of his plays might have been lost forever. Learn more about this remarkable book—and the Folger's collection of First Folios, the largest in the world.

    About the First Folio About the Folger Collection

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    Building Renovation

    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.

    About the Renovation The Wonder of Will

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INSIDE THE PLAYS

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Bad behavior and small-town life. That’s the world of The Merry Wives of Windsor, and it’s the only one of its kind in Shakespeare’s canon. Folger Director Michael Witmore shares insights on this comedy.

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EARLY MODERN LIFE

Hedgehogs: Cute or Troublesome?

What did people in Shakespeare's time think about hedgehogs? See where his plays reference them, and check out a 17th-century recipe for hedgehog pudding.

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BEFORE FARM TO TABLE

Posset: The Renaissance Eggnog

Posset, mentioned at key moments in Macbeth and Hamlet, was made by pouring heated and spiced cream over a warm mixture of eggs, sugar, and alcohol. Explore recipes from manuscript books in the Folger collection.

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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.
  • Folger Consort: Monteverdi in Venice

    Folger Consort's final concerts of the 2019/20 season highlights works composed by Monteverdi from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Heard here are Monteverdi's madrigals, arias from his operas, and other selections. April 24-26 at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill.

  • Folger Theatre's 2020/21 Season

    Folger Theatre goes "On The Road" next season at venues across the DC region, with the season opener, A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the National Building Museum on stage this summer. Subscribe today to be the first to know about events and shows, and to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.

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