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    The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection

    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.

    About the First Folio Shakespeare Collection

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    Lend Me Your Ears

    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? Full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays are free to stream through July 1, including Julius Caesar.

    Podcast Recordings

  • Folger Theatre: Shakespeare Onstage

    Shakespeare’s plays come to life with Folger Theatre. Watch a recording of 2008’s Macbeth (streaming for free through July 1), and subscribe to the 2020/21 season on the road: Nathan the Wise at Theater J, The Tempest at Round House Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Building Museum.

    Watch Macbeth Subscribe: 2020/21 Season

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    Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays

    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 hosting weekly conversations about free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.

    The Folger Shakespeare Teaching During COVID-19

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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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EARLY PERFORMANCES

Shakespeare at a Distance

The year is 1610. An outbreak of plague has closed the playhouses in London. Shakespeare’s acting company takes to the road. Next stop: Oxford. Onstage: Othello.

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FOLGER FINDS

The Dering Manuscript

It’s the 1620s, and Edward Dering has gathered his friends and family members together for an amateur private performance of a Shakespeare play, the earliest on record.

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OFF THE SHELF

Emma Smith: This Is Shakespeare

On the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, Emma Smith talks about her new book and the gaps in Shakespeare’s plays—unknowable elements and unanswered questions that require us to insert our own readings.

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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 Theatre's 2020/21 Season

    Folger Theatre goes "On The Road" next season at venues across the DC region. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, please note the revised performance dates. Subscribe today to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.

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