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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

  • Shakespeare's Theater

    Learn more about the playhouses of Shakespeare’s time, including the Globe, and what it would have been like to see a performance there.

    Shakespeare's Theater Related Podcast Episode

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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. Educators can find Shakespeare lesson plans and professional development at Folger Teaching.

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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? Stream excerpts from full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays, including Julius Caesar.

    Podcast Audio Excerpts

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    Excavating the Folger's Future

    From lifting marble slabs weighing thousands of pounds to digging out the excavation site, the Folger renovation is well underway—and laying the groundwork for its next steps, too. Reaching out to a wide range of visitors, the building renovation project will add new galleries, an education lab, research spaces, social gathering spots, and much more.—all supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.

    Excavation Story About the Renovation

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NEW ACQUISITION

Hamlet in Japan

What did early 20th-century Japanese productions of Hamlet look like? Explore a set of photographs from a 1933 production that was recently added to the Folger collection.

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STAGING SHAKESPEARE

The Restoration Reinvention of Shakespeare

The first generation of theater artists after Shakespeare wasn’t particularly concerned about performing Shakespeare's plays the way they appear in the First Folio. Restoration-era Shakespeare featured new characters, altered scripts, and grand musical interludes.

Podcast Episode

FOLGER FINDS

Lady Macbeth, America, and Slavery

This 19th-century ink drawing for a political cartoon takes Lady Macbeth’s famous line — “Out, damned spot, out, I say!” — and applies it to the American context in the Civil War era. Here, Lady Macbeth represents the United States in the figure of Columbia, and the spot on her hands is slavery.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

As an institution representing the arts and humanities, part of our role in civic life is to take deep questions and deep disagreements and meet them with a knowledge of history and a passion for greater understanding.
  • Where We Belong

    An indigenous theatre-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies - in search of a place to belong. In association with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, this filmed solo production is available to stream June 14 - July 11, 2021.

  • Folger Theatre's Upcoming Season

    Folger Theatre will go "On The Road" at venues across the DC region, including the National Building Museum, Round House Theatre, and Theater J. Follow us for updated performance dates in response to COVID-19 protocols. Subscribe to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.

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    Shakespeare Lightning Round

    Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.

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