Homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic? The Folger is open online.
Watch and read Shakespeare plays
Watch | Full recorded performance of Folger Theatre's 2008 Macbeth, conceived and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner, with eight special features, streaming on YouTube for free
Read | The complete text of Shakespeare's plays and poems, along with textual notes, scene summaries, and commentary
Tune into virtual events — and revisit past ones
Folger Gala: A virtual evening of wit, entertainment, and celebration (recorded Sep 14, 2020)
Shakespeare Lightning Round: A fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show on Instagram Live
Words, Words, Words: A Virtual Monthly Book Club: A free book club to discuss novels inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern era
Critical Race Conversations: A series of free online sessions hosted by Folger Institute to address an expansive range of topics in the field of early modern critical race studies
ENCORES: A weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the Folger stage
Enjoy our blogs and podcast
- Shakespeare & Beyond: a blog about Shakespeare, his plays, and his world
- The Collation: research and scholarship at the Folger
- The Folger Spotlight: a behind-the-scenes look at Folger Theatre productions
- Teaching Shakespeare: a blog for teachers
Choose from 150 (and counting) episodes of the Folger's Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, featuring interviews with actors, directors, scholars, and more.
Discover fun for families
Shakespeare for Kids: Activities, materials, and games for kids about Shakespeare, his plays, his life, and his times
Color our Collection: Coloring sheets of images from the Folger collection
Find resources and support for teachers
Folger Teaching: Become a teacher member of the Folger and receive access to lesson plans and professional development from Folger Education.
Teaching During COVID-19: Find resources and watch recorded conversations with teachers from the first few months of the pandemic.
Explore the Folger collection
Shakespeare Documented: Browse our online resource documenting Shakespeare's life in his own time, with primary sources contributed from the Folger, the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, the British Library, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the National Archives UK, and other institutions.
Get research assistance
Online Resources: These resources are available to aid students and scholars with their research on Shakespeare and the early modern period.
Ask a Librarian: Folger reference librarians are still available to answer many of your questions through an online form or scheduling a virtual reference call.
Shakespeare's Birthday at Home
Share a favorite speech or take a selfie as your favorite Shakespearean character, draw a picture or perform a scene, write a sonnet or bake a cake in honor of the Bard, or enjoy a talk from our virtual events or create your own Macbeth watch party or enjoy the recording of ours with the cast.