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

    Podcast Scene Excerpts

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    Turkey Time

    Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, the inaugural project of the Mellon initiative in collaborative research, uses the pervasiveness of food in everyday life as a window into early modern culture. Get ready for Thanksgiving with a blog mini-series from the Before ‘Farm to Table’ team. First up: How the turkey replaced the banquet peacock.

    Read the Blog Post Before 'Farm to Table'

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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 sharing free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.

    The Folger Shakespeare Teaching During COVID-19

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    Magnolia on the March

    The relocation of a massive magnolia tree on the west side of our building marks the start of a renovation that will add exhibition galleries, collaborative research spaces, an education lab, social gathering spots, and more—all supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.

    Moving the Tree About the Renovation

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ADAPTATION AND TRANSFORMATION

Strange Shakespeare

During the two centuries after Shakespeare’s death, his plays were constantly staged in theaters throughout the British Isles and their colonies—but often in forms that we would be hard pressed to recognize as “Shakespearean.” A new blog series explores these adaptations and transformations.

Transforming The Tempest The Weirder Sisters

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Voting in 1710

Private ballots are easy to take for granted today, but voting was not a secret process in early modern England. The poll book shown here published the names of all the voters in London and which candidates and party they voted for in 1710. You may be surprised to see how the voters are grouped.

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Black Lives Matter in Titus Andronicus

What does it mean to read a play like Titus Andronicus with questions of race in mind? David Sterling Brown, who has been part of Folger Institute's Critical Race Conversations series, discusses the ways such a reading reveals an entire dimension of racial imagery and violence.

Listen to the Podcast Critical Race Conversations

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Because the Folger presents the human experience in all of its complexity and aspiration, we must be part of undoing the legacy of hurt, racial injustice, and pain. Calling out completely unacceptable violence against African Americans, including the killing of George Floyd, is only part of what we must do. It is a start. But we must also address this legacy in our thinking and actions.
  • Folger Theatre's 2020/21 Season

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

  • Folger Consort 2020/21 Season

    The upcoming Consort season of five concerts takes its inspiration from five great European rivers. Performances will take place at St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill and the Washington National Cathedral. Follow us for news and schedule updates in response to COVID-19. Subscriptions and subscriber benefits are available.

  • Folger Poetry 2020/21 Season

    Join us for a season of virtual and in-person readings by emerging and established voices. Fall and winter readings live-streamed from the homes of Emily Dickinson and Abraham Lincoln. Subcribe to the full season for $50.  

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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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