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    Shakespeare in Science Fiction

    Shakespeare and his plays crop up in science fiction in a number of surprising places, including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Hear more on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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  • 17th-Century Pumpkin Pie

    A recipe in the Folger collection for pumpkin (or "pumpion") pie calls for dipping pumpkin slices in egg and frying them before arranging them into the pie with apples, raisins, currants, and sherry.

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    Antony and Cleopatra

    How does Antony and Cleopatra encompass the public and private desires of one of history’s most famous pairs of lovers? Dramaturg Michelle Osherow offers insights into Shakespeare’s tragedy, onstage Oct 10–Nov 19.

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  • Spreading the News

    Explore the ways you might have gotten your news in early modern England with these manuscripts and newsbooks in the Folger collection.

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    Painting Shakespeare

    Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. On view now.

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Imogen Entering the Cave of Belarius

This painting by Richard Westall depicts Imogen, the heroine of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline, entering a cave. Learn more from Erin Blake, curator of the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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Shakespeare's Sources: The Myth of Cleopatra

The Roman distaste of powerful women, their misunderstanding of the Egyptian way of life, and Octavian’s political need to consolidate his rise to dictator created our image of Cleopatra today.

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Proper Etiquette

“Manners maketh man” was the motto of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Would your own table manners pass inspection?

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  • Early Music of Germany: Dec. 15 - 23

    Celebrate the holiday season with festive and sacred music from Praetorius, Schütz, and other German masters. Featuring viol consort Arcadia Viols and vocal ensemble Cathedra.

  • Enjoy Our Flexible Package Subscription

    Join us for a season of power, passion, and politics—and receive all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber. Select your own dates to 3 or 4 shows, including Antony and Cleopatra, Theresa Rebeck's new comedy The Way of the World, The Winter's Tale, and a special engagement of Bedlam's Saint Joan.

  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Dec. 11 at 7:30pm

    Renowned poet, author, and feminist literary critic Sandra Gilbert reads from her own work and from Dickinson's poetry in this annual reading celebrating the life and legacy of Emily Dickinson. Black cake is provided at the reception following the reading.

  • Theresa Rebeck's The Way of the World: on stage Jan. 9

    A new comedy freely adapted from the classic play by William Congreve and featuring Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Present Laughter, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Only 39 performances! "A biting and hilarious satire" (Times Argus).

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