Shakespeare’s spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, and redemption celebrates the magic of storytelling and the power of forgiveness. Pictured: Katie deBuys (Hermione), Aldo Billingslea (Polixenes), and Michael Tisdale (Leontes). Onstage Mar 13 - Apr 22The Winter's Tale
Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been named Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger.Greg Prickman Named Folger Librarian
Lear (Antony Sher) with Gloucester (David Troughton) in King Lear, 2016. Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC
Antony Sher talks about playing Lear and the Fool—the only actor in the RSC’s history to play both, plus his Olivier Award-winning turns as Falstaff and Richard III. Listen on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.Antony Sher
Yassine El Mansouri Photography
See this illustration of lettuce from a 16th-century herbal and the woodblock used to print it in the Folger exhibition Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare. Learn more about the history of the technology of printing. Feb 24 – Jun 3Beyond Words
Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday at our annual open house featuring stage combat demonstrations, Shakespeare and musical performances, birthday cake, and more. Sun, Apr 22, 12pm. Free.Shakespeare's Birthday
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Shakespeare's romantic tale: Through Sunday only!
Aaron Posner directs Shakespeare's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, redemption—and one pursuant bear—celebrating the magic of story-telling and the power of forgiveness. On stage through April 22 only.
Shakespeare's Birthday: Open House on April 22
Happy birthday, William Shakespeare! Join us for a day full of free performances, demonstrations, Elizabethan crafts, and much more, including birthday cake served by the Queen. Sunday, April 22 from 12-4pm.
Music of the French Baroque: Apr. 27-29
Folger Consort's final performances of the 2017/18 season feature cantatas by Monteclair and Rameau based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, along with delightful instrumental works by Telemann, Bach, and others. With acclaimed soprano Rosa Lamoreaux.
Poet Carolyn Forché reads on April 30
The award-winning poet, whose famed anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as "itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice" reads from her work on Monday, April 30 at 7:30pm. Reception and book-sgning will follow.
Saint Joan: on stage May 12th
Four actors. Twenty-five roles. Led by director Eric Tucker (Sense and Sensibility), Bedlam's riveting production of Shaw's classic play on the martyred heroine of France has been called "a rare and rich treat ... a production to be treasured" (The New York Times). Now extended through June 10!
Upcoming at the Folger
Apr 22Talks, Screenings, & More
Apr 25Talks, Screenings, & More
Apr 27Talks, Screenings, & More
Apr 30O.B. Hardison Poetry
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