• Teresa Wood

    The Winter's Tale

    Shakespeare’s spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, and redemption celebrates the magic of storytelling and the power of forgiveness. Pictured: Katie deBuys (Hermione) and Aldo Billingslea (Polixenes). Onstage Mar 13 - Apr 22

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  • Johan Persson

    Derek Jacobi: Acting Shakespeare

    Actor Derek Jacobi shares more about his remarkable career, including his performance as Mercutio in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo and Juliet in 2016. This is the second part of a two-part interview on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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    Beyond Words

    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 3

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  • Trevelyon Miscellany

    This illustration from the Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 accompanies a calendar of March. Flip through the colorful pages of this book in the Folger’s digital image collection, and explore more treasures from the Folger’s manuscript collection.

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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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Imagining the Statue Scene

Something magical happens in the last scene of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Dig into the Folger collection to explore, and see the play onstage at Folger Theatre (Mar 13 – Apr 22).

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Pocket Herbals

This guide to the medicinal qualities of plants, published in a London in 1606, is filled with recipes for remedies and creative doodles. Katarzyna Lecky writes about this little book on The Collation.

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Shakespeare and Race

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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Our collections, spanning history from the Renaissance onward, and our educational and public programs support the value of pluralism and an open society in which all people contribute and all are treated with respect.
  • Shakespeare's romantic tale now on stage!

    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 Marais, Couperin, Telemann, 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.

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