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    The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, established on Capitol Hill in 1932 as a gift to the American people, is home to the world’s largest collection of First Folios, the book that gave us Shakespeare. Learn more about the First Folio and see other treasures from the Shakespeare collection.

    About the First Folio Shakespeare Collection

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    Lend Me Your Ears

    The Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast features interviews with scholars, authors, directors, and actors about Shakespeare’s works, his world, and his enduring influence. Want more listening material? Full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays are free to stream through July 1, including Julius Caesar.

    Podcast Recordings

  • Folger Theatre: Shakespeare Onstage

    Shakespeare’s plays come to life with Folger Theatre. Watch a recording of 2008’s Macbeth (streaming for free through July 1), and subscribe to the 2020/21 season on the road: Nathan the Wise at Theater J, The Tempest at Round House Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Building Museum.

    Watch Macbeth Subscribe: 2020/21 Season

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    Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays

    Visit The Folger Shakespeare to read the full, searchable text of all of Shakespeare's plays, along with scene summaries, essays, and textual notes. To further support teachers, Folger Education is hosting weekly conversations about free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.

    The Folger Shakespeare Teaching During COVID-19

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    Building Renovation

    Our historic building is undergoing a major renovation to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who come here. The project is supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.

    About the Renovation The Wonder of Will


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Costume Designs for Shakespeare Characters

We’ve selected some costume designs from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. Can you correctly guess which Shakespeare characters they depict?

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How to Think Like a Sonnet

A sonnet packs a lot of meaning into a tiny space. Here are fourteen ways (one for each line) of approaching Shakespeare’s most well-known poems.

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Death By Shakespeare

Chemist and science communicator Kathryn Harkup explains the science behind the various ways Shakespeare’s characters die, from poisoning to beheading. Read an excerpt from her book in which she looks at plague outbreaks in Shakespeare’s time.

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  • Folger Theatre's 2020/21 Season

    Folger Theatre goes "On The Road" next season at venues across the DC region. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, please note the revised performance dates. Subscribe today to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.

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