Folger Theatre 2018/19 Season

A faithful bastard, a feisty seller of citrus, a quartet of dancing Muscovites, and a murderous thane.

Join us for the 2018/19 season. To miss a moment would be a tragedy.

King John

Mad world, mad kings...
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Aaron Posner
October 23 - December 2, 2018

King Richard the Lionheart is dead. His younger brother John secures the throne to become King of England, an inheritance that is instantly contested by the King of France. As countries wage war, John must maneuver himself against a sea of ambition, politics, corruption, and murder that threatens his kingdom. Aaron Posner directs this epic struggle of power and the turbulent reign of Shakespeare’s troublesome king. With Holly Twyford as Constance.


Nell Gwynn

“Gloriously funny and touching bio-drama.”  - Telegraph
by Jessica Swale
January 29 - March 10, 2019

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell’s beauty and spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season. This heart-warming and hilarious look at an amazing woman of her—or any—age is “an absolute treat” (The Times). 

Love's Labor's Lost

"Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France?"
By William Shakespeare
April 30 - June 9, 2019

A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows—or surrender to the beauty and charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies.

Special Engagement

Shakespeare's Macbeth

As adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant
With music from Matthew Locke and John Eccles performed by Folger Consort
Directed by Robert Richmond
September 4 – 23, 2018

Shakespeare’s murderous tragedy is seen anew in Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation which delighted audiences for most of the 18th-century. This special engagement, with music performed by Folger Consort, features Helen Hayes Award-winners Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris, seen anew as the tragically ambitious  Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.



Tuesday, 7:30pm   Wednesday, 7:30pm   Thursday, 7:30pm    Friday, 8pm   

Saturday, 2pm   Saturday, 8pm   Sunday, 2pm   Sunday, 7pm

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