• Joe Papp and Shakespeare in the Park

    Joe Papp was the founder of iconic New York theater institutions Shakespeare in the Park and the Public Theater. We speak with Papp biographer Kenneth Turan on a new episode of our podcast, Shakespeare Unlimited.

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  • Form and Function: The Genius of the Book

    Dive deep into one of the world's greatest technologies—the book—in the Folger's new exhibition. Open through Sep 23.

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  • Macbeth

    The Folger brings William Davenant's Restoration adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to the stage, Sep 4 - 23, with music performed by Folger Consort. But how is Davenant's 1664 update different from Shakespeare's original?

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  • David Reeve

    Inside the Reading Rooms

    Scholars from all over the world come to the Folger reading rooms to use our Shakespeare and early modern collections. Free guided tours for visitors are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

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  • Apply for Long-Term Fellowships

    The application portal is now open for long-term fellowships for the 2019-2020 fellowship year. Apply by Nov 1.

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INSIDE THE PLAYS

Shakespeare’s Patriotic Empathy

Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company writes about Shakespeare’s history plays, the political considerations of his day, and patriotic portrayals centuries later.

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EARLY MODERN CULTURE

Memento Mori

The rich tradition of “memento mori,” a Latin phrase meaning “remember to die,” permeated European culture through the Middle Ages; the late 16th century saw this tradition popularly expressed in rings and other jewelry.

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THEATER HISTORY

The Lost Plays Database

The Lost Plays Database has found a new home at the Folger. This open-access forum contains information about lost plays from England between 1570 and 1642, such as Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Won.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Shakespeare is our middle name. We are stewards of a precious resource of world heritage and culture—a living tradition that offers something truly elevating.
  • Become a 2018/19 Theatre Subscriber

    A season featuring characters that shook their worlds and demonstrate how theater has the power to shake our own. Join us and see the world anew: a smash comedy from the UK, a rarely seen Shakespeare history play, and a delicious Shakespeare comedy. Subscribers receive discounted tickets, free exchanges, and other benefits.

  • Macbeth: closes Sunday, Sept. 23

    Shakespeare's murderous tragedy is seen anew in Davenant's Restoration-era adaptation. Featuring Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as the bloody couple, with music performed by Folger Consort. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Please call the box office at (202) 544-7077 for seating information.

  • An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology: Oct. 5

    Poets Melissa Tuckey and Brenda Cardenas read from Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, exploring the intersection of the environment, social justice, and culture. Wine reception and book-signing to follow the reading on Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm.

  • Eudora Welty Lecture: Richard Ford

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford (Independence Day and Canada) delivers the third annual Eudora Welty Lecture on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30pm

  • Oktoberfest: Early Music of Germany

    Folger Consort celebrates Oktoberfest with a colorful program of Germanic music from the 14th through the 16th-centuries. Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein are played alongside instrumental pieces from the Glogauer Liederbuch. With tenor Mark Bleeke. Five concerts, October 12-14.

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