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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

  • Shakespeare's Theater

    What would it have been like to see a performance at one of the playhouses of Shakespeare’s time, such as the Globe?

    Shakespeare's Theater Podcast

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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

  • Andrew McConnell Stott on the Shakespeare Jubilee

    David Garrick’s 1769 Shakespeare Jubilee in Stratford-on-Avon was like an 18th-century Fyre Festival. From overcrowding to pouring rains, the event was a disaster. Yet the Jubilee made Shakespeare a national hero and put his hometown on the map.

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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, which formally launched Apr 15 at the Folger Gala.

    Building Project The Wonder of Will

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STAGING SHAKESPEARE

Outdoor Shakespeare Pioneers

Summertime is the perfect time for enjoying Shakespeare outdoors. Learn about the history of semi-amateur outdoor theatricals, often led by women, in England and America in the late 19th century.

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LOCAL HISTORY

Frederick Douglass, A Shakespearean in Washington

The famous abolitionist and orator attended Shakespeare performances and even participated in a local Shakespeare club in Washington, DC.

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OFF THE SHELF

Caliban by the Yellow Sands

Learn about a 1916 Tempest-inspired “community masque” in this excerpt from Here in This Island We Arrived: Shakespeare and Belonging in Immigrant New York by Elisabeth H. Kinsley.

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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 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.

  • Folger Consort's 2019/20 Season: Bella Italia

    Five concerts celebrating Italy—Machiavelli's Florence, Vivaldi and Corelli at Christmas, masterworks by Palestrina, Monteverdi, and more. Subscribe and save for a season of performances at St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill and our annual concert at Washington National Cathedral.

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