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    Shakespeare and China

    Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu has been called the “Shakespeare of the East.” This Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episode looks at Tang Xianzu and the role Shakespeare plays in modern-day China.

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  • Early Music of Germany

    Celebrate the holiday season with festive and sacred music from Praetorius, Schütz, and other German masters. Featuring viol consort Arcadia Viols and vocal ensemble Cathedra. Dec 15-23.

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    Barbara Mowat (1934–2017)

    Dr. Barbara Mowat, co-editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions, passed away on November 24. She was a former director of research at the Folger and former editor of Shakespeare Quarterly. There will be a funeral service on November 29.

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    Painting Shakespeare

    Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. On view now.

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  • Spreading the News

    Explore the ways you might have gotten your news in early modern England with these manuscripts and newsbooks in the Folger collection.

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Imogen Entering the Cave of Belarius

This painting by Richard Westall depicts Imogen, the heroine of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline, entering a cave. Learn more from Erin Blake, curator of the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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Shakespeare's Sources: The Myth of Cleopatra

The Roman distaste of powerful women, their misunderstanding of the Egyptian way of life, and Octavian’s political need to consolidate his rise to dictator created our image of Cleopatra today.

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Proper Etiquette

“Manners maketh man” was the motto of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Would your own table manners pass inspection?

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  • Early Music of Germany: Dec. 15 - 23

    Celebrate the holiday season with festive and sacred music from Praetorius, Schütz, and other German masters. Featuring viol consort Arcadia Viols, vocal ensemble Cathedra, and organist Adam Pearl.

  • Theresa Rebeck's The Way of the World: on stage Jan. 9

    A new comedy freely adapted from the classic play by William Congreve and featuring Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Present Laughter, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Only 39 performances! "A biting and hilarious satire" (Times Argus).

  • A Poetic Celebration of Reggae: February 5

    Join poets Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair for an evening of poetry celebrating reggae music, including the works of singer/songwriter Bob Marley, the day before what would have been his 73rd birthday. Reception and book signing to follow. Monday, February 5 at 7:30pm.

  • The Music of Hildegard Von Bingen: Feb. 2 & 3

    In the gothic splendor of the Washington National Cathedral, Folger Consort presents a bouquet of soaring and ecstatic melodies of Hildegard, the great 12th-century visionary and composer. Featuring vocal ensemble Trio Eos

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