• Shakespeare Uncovered

    The people behind PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered series, producers Richard Denton and Nicola Stockley, take us behind the scenes and share some moments that really knocked their socks off.

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  • Teresa Wood

    Learning Shakespeare, Citywide

    Folger Education’s work with the local public school system in Washington, DC, provides an ideal testing ground for scaling on a system-wide basis the proven methods for teaching Shakespeare with which the Folger has been equipping educators nationwide for decades.

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  • Courtesy of the Churchill Archives Centre

    Churchill's Shakespeare

    A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. An upcoming Folger exhibition traces Shakespeare’s influence on his speeches and ideas. On view through Jan 6, 2019.

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  • King John

    Witness Shakespeare's earliest king as he attempts to maintain control of his crown and his countrymen. A rarely performed but timely history play in its first production by Folger Theatre.

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  • Apply for Long-Term Fellowships

    The application portal is now open for long-term fellowships for the 2019-2020 fellowship year. Apply by Nov 1.

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EARLY MODERN LIFE

Recipes and the Witches in Macbeth

"Fillet of a fenny snake / In the cauldron boil and bake." The witches of Macbeth have their roots in the kitchen. In seventeenth-century England, accused witches were most frequently housewives who owned few or no books—or perhaps only one, a recipe book full of the accumulated domestic wisdom of their lives.

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ICONIC MOMENTS

Drawing Shakespeare

Artist Paul Glenshaw takes a close look at Titania and Bottom as he draws the scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream depicted in one of the bas-reliefs on the front of the Folger building.

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INSIDE THE COLLECTION

The Mystery of the Shakespearian Cartoons

Cataloger Sarah Hovde stumbles upon a little volume of cartoons based on quotations from Shakespeare in the Folger collection, but with no title or artist on the cover.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Shakespeare is our middle name. We are stewards of a precious resource of world heritage and culture—a living tradition that offers something truly elevating.
  • King John: On stage October 23

    "Mad world, mad kings..." Shakespeare's rarely performed, but timely history play of political ambition and indecision that shakes the worlds of France and England is directed by Aaron Posner and features Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford. October 23 - December 2.

  • Become a 2018/19 Theatre Subscriber

    A season featuring characters that shook their worlds and demonstrate how theater has the power to shake our own. Join us and see the world anew: a smash comedy from the UK, a rarely seen Shakespeare history play, and a delicious Shakespeare comedy. Subscribers receive discounted tickets, free exchanges, and other benefits.

  • The Hecht Poetry Prize: Nov. 5

    Prize judge Sir Andrew Motion reads with the 2018 winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, Christopher Cessac on Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm. Wine reception and book signing to follow.

  • Folger Consort: Seasonal English Music

    Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements. Called "the best Christmas concert in Washington" (The DCist), this annual concert of beloved Yuletide music plays December 14 - 23 in our festively decorated Elizabethan theater.

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