COVID-19 Updates

The safety and health of our community are of utmost importance to us.

In preparation for our multi-year renovation, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s historic building on Capitol Hill is not open to the public. Our events and programs being held at other locations and with partner institutions that have their own COVID-19 responses.

See a list of Folger digital experiences and resources

In consideration of the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DC Health regarding the containment of COVID-19, and consistent with actions taken by other cultural organizations, the Folger Shakespeare Library is postponing and rescheduling or canceling all public events through May 18, 2020.

See below for a full list of impacted events.

The Folger Board and management will remain in regular communication with each other and designated authorities to update or extend these plans as needed to protect public health interests.

Who to contact for questions about …

Ticketed events and subscriptions
Folger Box Office at

Scholarly programs and fellowships
Folger Institute at

Family programs and education programs
Folger Education at

Folger membership and benefits

The Wonder of Will: The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library

For questions about events or programs not listed here, or more information about any Folger programs or resources, please contact us at

The Folger will post any updates to its operating status and plans on our website at We will email patrons with changes to any ticketed events and share updates on social media.

While visiting our website, please make note of future events and explore our online resources, including blogs, the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, The Folger Shakespeare, and our digital collection. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Folger employees working remotely

For the wellbeing of its staff, the Folger has canceled all business travel through April 15, 2020, and has adjusted its leave policies so that employees can telework and take other precautions. Most of the Folger staff will be working remotely through April 30.

Employees who work remotely have access to email and will be able to respond to messages as usual. Communications by mail (including the processing and receipting of gifts) will be limited and responses will be delayed by a minimum of two weeks.

Status of public events:

Folger Community Tea at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Wednesday, March 18 – CANCELED

Shake Up Your Saturday: By Tale or History at Congressional Cemetery Chapel
Saturday, April 4  –  CANCELED

Folger Community Tea at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Tuesday, April 21 – CANCELED

Folger 2020 Gala at The Anthem
Monday, April 27 – RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Tuesday, April 28 – POSTPONED, DATE TBD

O.B. Hardison Poetry: Terrance Hayes, Riffs and Relations at The Phillips Collection
Thursday, April 23  – POSTPONED, DATE TBD

Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: Ian Smith, Reading (Shakespeare) While White at the Library of Congress
Thursday, April 23 – POSTPONED, DATE TBD

Folger Consort: Monteverdi in Venice
Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26 – POSTPONED, DATE TBD

Shake Up Your Saturday: Lincoln and Macbeth at Lincoln's Cottage
Saturday, May 2 – CANCELED

Folger Poetry Board Reader: Billy Collins
Monday, May 18 – POSTPONED, DATE TBD

Shake Up Your Saturday: Lines So Richly Spun
Saturday, June 6 – CANCELED



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