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Accessibility

The Folger wants every visitor to enjoy exploring our building, our programs, and our collection. We strive to provide access to all audiences.

Below are services and information currently provided. Please contact VisitorServices@folger.edu if you have any questions, or if there is anything else we can do to make your experience enjoyable.

Accessible seating 

Patrons who wish to reserve accessible seating may contact Visitor Services at VisitorServices@folger.edu or (202) 544–7077. A representative will be happy to find the best seat location for you. Please let our staff know if you may need assistance entering the event venue. 

View our seat map

Assistive listening devices 

Our assistive listening devices, which work with headphones or with T-Coil wireless transmission, are available at most performances and events at no extra charge.

Audio description

Audio description (AD) is a narration service that attempts to describe the visual aspects of theatre and make the visual an auditory experience, with the goal of helping low vision and Blind audience members share in the experience of live theatre more fully. Audio described performances are narrated in real time, using concise, objective descriptions to depict new scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and sight gags. Our audio description is brought to you by Volunteers Inclusion Access.

Masked performances

At the request of many audience members, Folger Theatre has denoted several performances during the 2023-2024 season as mask-required by all audience members, staff, and volunteers. If you need a mask, we are happy to provide one to you.

For up-to-date information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please click here

Folger Theatre

The Winter’s Tale
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 2pm and 8pm

Where We Belong
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2pm and 8pm

Metamorphoses
Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 2pm and 8pm

Open-captioned performances 

Open-captioning makes live theater performances accessible by using a non-intrusive caption board at the front of the stage which scrolls the entire text of the production in real time.

For information about the best seat locations from which to see the caption board, contact Visitor Services at VisitorServices@folger.edu or (202) 544–7077.  

Folger Theatre has denoted the following performances during the 2023-2024 season as open-captioned.

Folger Theatre’s open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.

 

Folger Theatre

The Winter’s Tale
Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Where We Belong
Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Metamorphoses
Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Sign language interpretation

ASL interpretation is available for performances and events with at least two weeks advance request.

Please contact VisitorServices@folger.edu to make a request, or for more information about interpreted performances and events.

Relaxed performances

Relaxed performances are designed to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for audiences that may receive, process, and react to information in different ways. The content of the production is the same, but some elements of the environment are altered. Examples of this include changes to the lighting, sound, and audience members can enter and exit as needed. These performances are spaces where no one will be asked to be silent, and any reactions are welcome. The Folger aims to be a welcoming space for all and we happily invite you to enjoy our productions in your own way.

Please contact VisitorServices@folger.edu with any additional questions.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available upon request at the Welcome Desks.