• Tracy Russo

    Beyond Words

    This woodblock was used to print an illustration of lettuce in a 16th-century herbal. Learn more about the technology of printing in a new Folger exhibition, Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare. Feb 24 – Jun 3

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    Derek Jacobi: Playing Hamlet

    Renowned actor Derek Jacobi talks about the Shakespearean role for which he is best known, Hamlet, in the first part of a two-part interview on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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  • Beautiful Book Bindings

    A newly acquired Bible in a fine Restoration binding, bound with a copy of the Book of Common Prayer and the Whole Book of Psalms, was selected partly for its resemblance to another binding already in the Folger collection, shown here.

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  • David Reeve

    Announcing a New Fellowship

    The Folger Institute and the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) have created a new fellowship for scholars of the British world who are working on topics from the early modern period through to the present day. Apply by Mar 1.

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    Vinton Cerf Chairs 2018 Gala

    Folger board member Vinton Cerf, a Google executive known as one of the “fathers of the Internet,” is the 2018 Gala Co-Chair along with his wife, Sigrid. The annual gala will take place Mon, Apr 16.

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Much A-Don’t About Dating

What does Shakespeare tell us of love? His plays provide us with a wealth of wooing and wedding, and many examples of what not to do. Get some "pro-tips" from this cheeky blog post.

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Ophelia in 19th-Century English Art

Artists in Victorian England painted an abundance of portraits of Ophelia, showing the evolution of artistic ideas about this well-known character from Hamlet.

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A Black History Month Reading List

Explore five books and one essay about race in early modern Europe and in Shakespeare’s plays, recommended by participants in a Folger Institute colloquium.

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  • Shakespeare's romantic tale on stage March 13

    Aaron Posner directs Shakespeare's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, and redemption, celebrating the magic of story-telling and the power of forgiveness. On stage March 13 - April 22, 2018.

  • Il Lauro Verde: February 23 - 25

    Folger Consort performs four concerts of Italian music from the blossoming of the Renaissance to the Baroque, with pieces by Monteverdi and other 17th-century luminaries. With soprano Jolle Greenleaf, and guest musicians and vocalists from Brescia, Italy, Marcello Mazzetti and Livio Ticli.

  • Poetry in response to art at The Phillips Collection: March 22

    Renowned poets Sherwin Bitsui and Paisley Rekdal respond to the exhibition 10 Artists After Paul Klee at The Phillips Collection. View the exhibition before the reading with your ticket. Thursday, March 22 at 6:30pm.